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Jessie Street Luncheon 2019

  • The Jessie Street Lunch has been held annually since April, 1989, the centenary of Jessie Street’s birth. It is held at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney. 
  • The lunch is an inspiring platform for discussion of the social justice issues that were dear to Jessie’s heart and for which she fought – the rights of women & indigenous Australians, peace and an end to all forms of discrimination.

    Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. He is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.

    Tim is the author of five books: On Hate (2019), I’m Not Racist But …(2015), Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012),The Virtuous Citizen (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He is also the co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010).

    Tim is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he gained first class honours in government, and the University of Oxford, where he completed a master’s degree and doctorate in political theory. He also holds honorary doctorates from Deakin University and the University of Western Sydney.

    Tim has previously worked in politics and has been a columnist with The Age and The Australian newspapers. He is a board member of the Cranlana Programme and was the founding chair of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.

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  • An invitation to SPONSOR STUDENTS

We invite you, as a Jessie Street Trust supporter, to sponsor one or more school students to attend the lunch. Attending this event at an impressionable stage of life inspires them to strive for social justice and to carry Jessie's legacy forward. Your generous sponsorship of $65 per person will enable school students for whom cost is a barrier to join us at the lunch.