The Panel comprised of 4 distinguished guests:
Dr. Emma Campbell is the Director of Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA) http://fecca.org.au/
Mr. Nick Tebby is the Chief Executive officer of the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) http://www.scoa.org.au/
Ms Isabel Lo President of Media Diversity Australia https://www.mediadiversityaustralia.org/
Professor Gillian Triggs, former President of Australian Human Rights Commission https://www.humanrights.gov.au
Emma acknowledged the work of NEMBC. It resonates with FECCA’s work in promoting multiculturalism regardless of the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial or religious backgrounds of the community. FECCA strives to ensure that the needs and aspirations of various cohorts of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse population are heard by policy and decisions makers, as well as the broader public which can be fulfilled by the responsible attitude of the ethnic broadcasters.
Isabel from MDA provide support and networking opportunities for journalists and media professionals from CALD background. It gives the journalists from ethnic background a podium to discuss issues related to cultural diversity, religion, sex, gender, social-economic background. MDA will break down barriers in fostering inclusive discussion that respects different viewpoints and will encourage community leaders from CALD community to engage with mainstream media outlets.
Prof. Gillian Triggs advocated for the evidence-based research and the importance of engaging with the ethnic broadcasters to get the the real picture of the scenario. Freedom of Speech and Right to Information is at times takes as granted and it’s difficult to refrain from making comments on a report which is based on false evidences. Ethnic broadcasters need a strong lobby to advocate for a social cause.