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On hate and race politics

Political theorist and former Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane reflects on race relations and multiculturalism in Australia and beyond, and what it means for democracy worldwide.

In his new book, On Hate, Tim Soutphommasane analyses the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics. On Hate is an urgent call for citizens to defend democracy against extremism. 

He discusses race politics in Australia with ABC journalist Osman Faruqi.

This event was co-presented with Sydney Policy Lab and School of Social and Political Sciences. It was held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 21 March, 2019, which also coincided with UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The speakers

Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory). He was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner from 2013 to 2018. He is the author of five books about multiculturalism, national identity and race, including On Hate (Melbourne University Publishing).

Osman Faruqi is the Deputy Editor of ABC Life and a regular presenter on ABC’s arts and culture program, The Mix. He was a founding member of Member Diversity Australia and was formerly the News and Politics Editor at Junkee Media. He as reported for the ABC’s flagship investigative documentary program Background Briefing and has written for The Guardian, The Australian, SBS and Meanjin.

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