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Australian Identity - an Australia Post forum

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Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre

Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay

Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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Join Tasmania’s Australians of the Year for 2017 in conversation as they explore the meaning of Australian identity. This forum seeks to challenge existing values, debate issues about trust and tolerance and discuss the benefits of modern society’s cultural richness.

Speakers:

  • Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Rosalie Martin
  • Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year, Margaret Steadman
  • Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year, Mitch McPherson
  • Tasmanian Local Hero, Anthony Edler

Facilitated by Angela Ross, ABC Journalist.

With contributions from invited guests.

About the speakers:

The 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year is speech pathologist, Rosalie Martin. The founder of Chatter Matters Tasmania – a charity building awareness and skills in human communication – Rosie also runs her own private practice specialising in services for children with autism spectrum disorder. For three years Rosalie has visited Tasmania’s Risdon Prison as a volunteer to deliver Just Sentences, helping prisoners crack the code of reading.

The 2017 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year is sustainable living advocate and former history tutor Margaret Steadman. A former executive officer of Sustainable Living Tasmania, Margaret is also a founding member of Climate Action Hobart and the West Hobart Environment Network.

The 2017 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year is suicide prevention leader, Mitch McPherson. When his younger brother took his own life in 2013, Mitch McPherson turned his devastating loss into the successful national suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, which honours his brother Ty and spreads the message that it’s OK to not be OK.

The 2017 Tasmanian Local Hero is youth worker, Anthony Edler, program coordinator of the Risdon Vale Bike Collective. The program helps disadvantaged and at-risk young people in his community, while also expanding the possibilities for people in Namibia. More than 440 bikes have been repaired and donated to people in Namibia, creating jobs, helping children get to school and supporting nurses to care for the sick.

Angela Ross is a television presenter for the ABC’s 7pm News program as well as a television, radio and online journalist. She grew up in Sydney and left home at 17 to study journalism at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. Since then she has worked as a journalist in South Australia, New South Wales, and Tasmania. Angela worked for commercial radio and television in regional Australia before moving to the ABC.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

This event is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Social Change and sponsored by Australia Post.

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