Staring down harassment
Congratulations to Judith Sloan (“They can’t see Australians for their family trees” , 17/4). It is not just the cruelties inflicted on the Queensland University of Technology students but also the political harassment inflicted on eminent Australians such as Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hob- art, tennis champion Margaret Court and rugby great Israel Folau — or any citizen who dares to express a Biblical perspective on the LGBT agenda.
Aided and abetted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the various state anti-discrimination bureaucracies, a tyranny is being imposed on Australians which erodes freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Former Human Rights supremo Gillian Triggs enunciated this when she expressed regret that she could not control discussions around the kitchen tables of Australia. Babette Francis, Toorak, Vic Judith Sloan questions the methodology of our Leading for Change report on cultural diversity and leadership.
The methodology used in the report is consistent with academic and industry studies of cultural background, as well as international monitoring practices. The University of Sydney Business School was a co-author, along with Asia Society Australia and the Committee for Sydney.
Ms Sloan may find the report uncomfortable reading, but I welcome the debate and discussion the research has stimulated. There is significant under-representation of cultural diversity among the senior leaders of our organisations. We should ask why.
Ms Sloan’s criticisms are not shared by the many business leaders and company directors who recognise the importance of getting things right on cultural diversity. Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission