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2023 Colin Tatz Oration

The annual Colin Tatz oration honours the life and work of anti-racism activist and academic Dr Colin Tatz.

Dr Anne Summers AO: From Liberation to Equity

The 2023 Colin Tatz Oration was delivered by Dr Anne Summers AO, speaking on, “From Liberation to Equity: Are women’s ambitions becoming less ambitious or just more realistic?”

Dr Anne Summers AO is a journalist, best-selling author, and feminist with a long and highly accomplished career in politics, media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe and the US. She is currently a Professor at the UTS Business School.

An anti-apartheid activist in his youth, South African-born Colin Tatz devoted his working life to researching and combatting racism and discrimination. Colin went on to become a professor of politics and later director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The Jewish Independent holds this annual oration to honour Colin’s memory and work, but even more importantly to continue his legacy ensuring social justice is a currency for all Australians to hold, regardless of their background, nationality or skin colour. The inaugural Colin Tatz oration was held in 2020.

2023 Anne Summers: From Liberation to Equity

Previous orators

2022 Justice Michael Kirby: Is the UN’s definition of genocide relevant today?

2021 Tanya Plibersek MP: Liberal democracies must face the uncomfortable memories of our past

2020 Stan Grant: We risk turning history into unending grievance

The Jewish Independent acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and strive to honour their rich history of storytelling in our work and mission.

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