Star­ing down ha­rass­ment

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

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

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