I'm Not Racist, But....

Co-presented with the NSW Reconciliation Council and Seymour Centre as part of Reconciliation Week 2014

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Friday 30 May

I’m Not Racist, But… is an interactive forum that aims to generate an open discussion around racism in Australia through the personal reflections and perspectives of four diverse and creative Australians. This year our topic will explore ‘Racism and Free Speech’.

The evening will hosted by Tom Tilley, triple j Hack presenter, and include a performance by Robbie Miller, Brisbane songwriter and winner of the 2013 triple j Unearthed's National Indigenous Music Award. Each speaker will take the floor for a 10 minute ‘lighting talk’, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with the audience.

I’m Not Racist, But… entices its audience to speak openly and think critically about racism in Australia


Ronny Chieng

Ronny Chieng is a stand up comedian. Ronny is a Chinese guy, born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, raised in New Hampshire, MA USA and Singapore. He moved to Australia to attend the University of Melbourne, and he graduated with a Degree in Commerce and a Degree in Law in 2009. Ronny started doing stand-up comedy in 2009 and has been on a meteoric rise ever since. In 2012 Ronny was named by The Age as one of the top 5 up-and-coming acts to watch. In 2013 Ronny performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013s Opening Gala.

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson is Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner and a classical liberal public policy analyst. He is one of Australia’s most challenging opinion leaders drawing on strong philosophical principles, backed up with evidence while maintaining a real-world edge. His experience is wide and varied having worked in the public and private sectors, international aid, politics, serving on the boards of some of Australia’s largest institutions to being a judge at the Logies.

Kirstie Parker

Kirstie Parker is a Yuwallarai Aboriginal woman from NSW and Co-Chair of the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples. She’s a former Editor of the Koori Mail newspaper, Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre in Canberra, Director of the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute -Tandanya in Adelaide, Director of Public Affairs for ATSIC, and media adviser to former Federal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister Robert Tickner. Kirstie has also worked for ABC Radio and the West Australian newspaper, and edited a weekly regional newspaper. She’s currently a Director of Reconciliation Australia, a board member of the Australian Indigenous Communications Association, and a member of the Deadly Awards Executive Academy.

John Safran

John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues. John first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World. Both John Safran’s Music Jamboree and John Safran vs. God won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Other shows include John Safran’s Race Relations and Speaking in Tongues. John currently co-hosts Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire. John’s first book, Murder In Mississippi – the true story of how he met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote a book – is currently out through Penguin and was named iBooks 2013 Best Non-Fiction.