Radio Review of a Week of Political Sinkholes…

News Therapy musings about the week that was: political sinkholes across the spectrum (dropping like flies), vetting processes for candidates lacking due diligence, voter apathy versus cynicism plus...LEGO Masters magic and #NerdWriters....with Raf Epstein & Tim Callanan #newstherapy #ABC #RadioMelbourne #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant #makeanoise

2019-05-03T09:24:55+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

Together We Stand- a Statement with Purpose

This morning I delivered a keynote address on ‘Allyship in a Climate of Hate’ for the ‘Together We Stand’ breakfast forum organised by Glen Eira City Council. Following my keynote, a panel discussion ensued on cultural. and religious bigotry in this country and the role of the State and community in addressing it.  While leadership in Australia has demonstrably contributed to a climate of Islamophobic, antiSemitic, anti black and anti immigrant violence, it’s important to [...]

2019-05-03T02:47:05+00:00May 3rd, 2019|

Leading Change

I delivered a presentation today for the Joan Kirner Young Women Leaders Program, on ‘Leading Change’. I talked about the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, paving the way for those after you and not staying in your patriarchally prescribed lane despite expectations. Questions from participants were astute and challenging- meeting my presentation brief in a quirky twist of fate. Thanks to #LeadershipVictoria for this opportunity; making change with this lot, included laughs [...]

2019-04-29T11:34:53+00:00April 29th, 2019|

Speaking Truth to Hypothetical Power

Had an amazing time today participating in a hypothetical panel for the #Earth@Peace Conference. It involved some seriously fine minds across spheres of academia, spirituality, politics and social justice. The hypothetical issue concerned a fictitious environmental crisis in the Pacific Islands region, triggering issues of Climate Refugees, foreign aid, international human rights responsibility and Indigenous community leadership.  I was honoured to be in the company of Assoc Prof Asmi Wood (ANU), Brian Walters AM QC, [...]

2019-04-24T09:28:34+00:00April 24th, 2019|

Thank You Hass

A tribute and thanks this morning to the outgoing Chair of the IMA, Hass Dellal OAM. His legacy in the arts and community sector have been profound and his commitment to elevating Australia towards a more inclusive and respectful society, unwavering.  While Hass leaves the IMA in fine form, it is acknowledged that his support will continue in other ways. To the new incumbent, Moustapha Fahour- great to have you back in Oz and at [...]

2019-04-24T02:17:33+00:00April 24th, 2019|

Healing A Nation

Prayers continue for a nation in mourning today. No doubt, emotional healing will take longer than the physical rebuilding, if at all. The scale of this tragedy is difficult to comprehend - but acts of support, empathy and material aid are a practical way we can start to manage the grief.  I was overwhelmed to learn blood donations already from Lankans of all faiths, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Hindu, were so numerous they had to [...]

2019-04-23T04:51:43+00:00April 23rd, 2019|

Basically, Hilarious

A superb night of awkward, borderline ‘out there’ and politically incorrect salutes, from @nazeemhussain ‘s ‘Basic Idiot’ - delivered with comedic excellence for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. From celebrity show menus (emu and goat *parts),to inappropriate parenting tips and everything in between, this was an energetic and relentless set of hilarity....especially when Naz’s mum joined the audience midway, to rapturous applause. That he boldly continued his routine, which culturally speaking should have been cause [...]

2019-04-18T11:54:01+00:00April 18th, 2019|

A Branch of Excellence

Today Ambulance Victoria launched the opening of its newly renovated Preston branch. In attendance was the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos MP, State Member for Reservoir, Robin Scott MP and Fed member for Cooper, Ged Kearney MP.  Doubtless, the star attraction of the launch was everyone’s favourite therapy dog, Bruce, who unwittingly steals the scene every time.  A huge congratulations to AV for this state of the art, fit for purpose centre that will accomodate [...]

2019-04-17T08:50:49+00:00April 17th, 2019|

Election, Vulnerabilities & The Term that Was

#TheDrum panel is in the studio getting ready to tackle the election, sexual abuse in aged care and key moments from the 45th parliament. Tune in at 6pm AEST on @ABCTV and 7pm on ABC News Channel... “Approaching the election both parties have discussed fairness, but does it mean the same things for all Australians?” Tonight Kerry Chikarovski, Tasneem Chopra, Jason Yat-sen Li, Stan Grant, Samantha Connor and Dennis Atkins will discuss: Scott Morrison calls [...]

2019-04-11T09:52:22+00:00April 11th, 2019|

Ideas & Society- Calling Out Racism in Politics

Tonight I had the honour of sitting on a panel for @latrobeuni Ideas & Society Discussion- Has Racism in Contemporary Australia Entered the Political Mainstream’. Thanks to my co panelists Dr’s Chelsea Bond ?? (UQ), Tim Southphamassane (USyd) , & Tom Switzer (CIS). Special thanks to Prof Robert Manne and the events team  for curating this series. Our panel shared a timely and powerful discussion.  In summary, racism has existed since colonisation and assumed various [...]

2019-04-10T05:48:36+00:00April 9th, 2019|