September 28 Lunchtime Lecture with Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja


About the facilitator:

Ricardo Goncalves is SBS’s Finance Editor, host of SBS’s Small Business Secrets program and regular SBS World News presenter. He joined SBS early 2010 after eight years as a business and finance reporter and presenter (as Richard Goncalves) with Sky News Business, where he anchored programs like Trading Day, Rates Reaction, In Business, IT and the popular Market Moves.

Ricardo has also worked as a general news reporter for Nine News Melbourne, and produced for Seven News Sydney, starting work in metropolitan media producing for financial journalist David Koch. He started his career in Wollongong where he grew up, reporting for Win News, while he completed his B Commerce in Marketing and Economics at the University of Wollongong.

Ricardo’s work has seen him interview virtually all of Australia’s top 200 CEOs, business leaders and global financial identities. Highlights include interviews with Richard Branson, Malcolm Turnbull, Alan Joyce and former Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva just to name a few.

Ricardo is also a heavy social media user, using Twitter and Snapchat (@BUSINESSricardo) to distribute business and market news in a way few of his contemporaries are.

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: