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About the speaker:

Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja was born in Canberra to Croatian immigrant parents and was raised in the Tuggeranong Valley. Before entering politics, Zed studied Arts and Law at the Australian National University and then moved into the Commonwealth Public Service working for the Department of Transport and Regional Services. In 2004 he was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Molonglo. In 2007 he was elected as the ACT Opposition Leader and led the ACT Liberal Party in the 2008 and 2012 ACT elections.

Zed resigned from the Legislative Assembly in 2013 and was subsequently elected to the Australian Senate in September 2013, representing the Australian Capital Territory. During his time in the Senate, Zed was appointed to a number of committees including the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme National, the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories, and the Senate Select Committee on Health.

Zed also served as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Legislation. Zed was re-elected as Senator for the ACT in July 2016 and was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs by the Governor-General on 19 July 2016. Zed has portfolio responsibility for Multicultural Affairs, Settlement Services, Child Protection, Adoption, and Housing. Zed is also a KeepWatch Ambassador with the Royal Lifesaving Society, an Ambassador for Focus ACT, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Healthy Harold Life Education, Kulture Break, a volunteer for St Vincent de Paul, and was a mentor for Menslink.

About the talk:

In March 2017 the Australian Government released a new multicultural statement, Multicultural Australia: United, Strong, Successful, renewing the commitment to a strong and prosperous multicultural Australia and marking our nation as the most successful multicultural society in the world.

The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, says multicultural Australia is about “all of us”. From the First Australians to our newest arrivals, through shared values, rights and responsibilities, we have all contributed to our social and economic fabric.

Assistant Minister Seselja will talk about our cultural diversity being one of our strongest assets, yet why we shouldn’t take our harmony and prosperity for granted. The Assistant Minister will present the Government’s vision and priorities going forward for Australia as a strong and successful multicultural nation.

To attend this event, please RSVP by completing the form below by 5:00pm Wednesday 27 September:


About the speaker:

Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn is a career police officer having joined the Police Force at the age of 19. Her career has covered all areas across the NSW Police Force including general duties, detectives, homicide, major crime, internal affairs, counter terrorism and corporate areas.

From 2002 to 2006 Deputy Commissioner Burn was a Local Area Commander at Burwood, City Central and Redfern before being promoted to Assistant Commissioner, Professional Standards Command. Following this, Deputy Commissioner Burn commanded the Central Metropolitan Region. In July 2010 she was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services with responsibility for managing a $2.7 billion budget and the development and implementation of corporate service strategies.

In October 2012 Deputy Commissioner Burn was appointed Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations where she had oversight of a number of technical and specialist areas including Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics, Forensic Services, Operational Communications, Police Prosecutions, Aviation Support, Marine Area Command, Traffic & Highway Patrol, the Police Transport Command and Public Affairs. She was also the NSW law enforcement representative on the Australian New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee.

In 2016 Deputy Commissioner Burn was awarded the UNSW Alumni Award for Social Impact and Public Policy. Deputy Commissioner Burn is also an Australia Day Ambassador.

If you are interested in attending this event, please complete the RSVP form below by Monday 2 October, 5pm.