Date: May 3, 2019
Glen Eira Town Hall, Melbourne
In the wake of an unprecedented rise of antisemitism in Australia and the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, the mayor of Glen Eira City in Melbourne, Cr Jamie Hyams, and the Director of the Anti-Defamation Commission, Dvir Abramovich, organised a special Forum in May to promote the message of inclusion and non-discrimination.
“The Forum was important in helping us gain shared understanding of the impact that discrimination and hate has on some members of our community,” Cr Hyams said.
DrAbramovich and Ms Chopra were also part of the panel discussion which was chaired by author and broadcaster Dr Rachael Kohn. The panel discussion also included presentations by Boon Wurrung Elder spokesperson N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs, counter-terrorism academic expert Professor Greg Barton and Superintendent Sharon McKinnon on behalf of Chief Commissioner Victoria Police.
The keynote speaker, Tasneem Chopra, who is a cross cultural consultant for the Muslim community, spoke about what role councils can play when religious and faith-based denominations feel they are being persecuted globally.
Guests, including Local Government Mayors and CEOs, Members of Parliament, faith-based leaders, local school principals and student representatives, community organizations and State Government departmentslined up to sign a three-point declarationagainst racism and discrimination.