Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane has been Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner since 2013 and concludes his five-year term in August 2018. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and commentator. He is the author of four books: I’m Not Racist But… (NewSouth, 2015); Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (NewSouth, 2012); The Virtuous Citizen (Cambridge University Press, 2012); and Reclaiming Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 2009).


Race and representation

EssayLIKE THE MEMBERS of every nation, Australians have fairly stable ideas about the kind of people we are, to the point of there being a clichéd sense of national identity. It goes something like this: we are fair and...

Surrendering nationalism

EssayTEN YEARS AGO, most Australians quietly cringed when Pauline Hanson wrapped herself in a cape of blue to launch her One Nation Party. Yet today there's nothing more fashionable or patriotic than draping oneself in the national flag. When,...

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