Ideas for Melbourne: Making Racism History

Ideas for Melbourne: Making Racism History

Melbourne is famously multicultural – but the past year has proven that racism is also rife.

For instance, a VicHealth survey reported 97% of Aboriginal Victorians had experienced racism in the past 12 months.

What are we doing to combat racism? And how can we learn from past mistakes?

We explore Melbourne’s diverse society in this discussion with Susan Carland, Adam Bandt, Kutcha Edwards and Chin Tan.


Portrait of Adam Bandt

Adam Bandt

Adam Bandt is a Greens MP and the Federal Member for Melbourne. He was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election.

Portrait of Chin Tan

Chin Tan

Chin Tan has broad experience and involvement in the legal profession, business and community service. He is committed to active involvement in the area of multiculturalism, having held various community and government board positions. He is currently Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victoria’s pre-eminent multicultural body.

Portrait of Susan Carland

Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University, and is a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellow and a Churchill fellow, researching the intersection between gender, Islamophobia, and social cohesion. Susan hosted the television quiz show Child Genius, and currently hosts the podcast What Happens Next? Her first book, Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism, was published by Melbourne University Publishing. She is a columnist for Sunday Life in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, and her writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Age, The Saturday Paper, The Conversation, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australian Vogue, The Quarterly Essay, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies.

Portrait of Kutcha Edwards

Kutcha Edwards

As one of Australia’s most respected and renowned Indigenous singer/songwriters and proud Mutti Mutti man, Kutcha’s music and community work has earned him iconic status amongst both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. What Kutcha shares through his songs and stories elicit an audience connection and sense of belonging.

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