I’m Not Racist But, Where Are You Really From?

Moderator: Sunil Badami • Fiona Foley, Julianne Schultz and Judith Nangala Crispin

2.00 PM – 3.00 PM
House of Representatives Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

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Dr Fiona Foley is a Maryborough-born Badtjala (Butchulla) artist, academic and writer whose work is held in many Australian state, national and university collections. She was recipient of the 2020 Monica Clare Research Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland for her publication Bogimbah Creek Mission: The First Aboriginal Experiment. Her book Biting the Clouds: A Badtjala perspective on the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897, was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance in 2021.



Professor Emeritus Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the Chair of The Conversation. She was the publisher and founding editor of Griffith Review, and is Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at Griffith's Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, and a member of the advisory board of the Gradient Institute. She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the award-winning operas Black River and Going Into Shadows.


Judith Nangala Crispin

Judith Nangala Crispin is a visual artist and poet living near Lake George, New South Wales. She has published a collection of poetry, The Myrrh-Bearers (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), and a book of images and poems, The Lumen Seed (New York: Daylight Books, 2017). Judith won the Blake Poetry Prize in 2020. Her illustrated verse novel, The Dingo’s Noctuary, is forthcoming.



Sunil Badami is a writer and academic and teaches creative writing at the University of Technology Sydney. His work has been published here and overseas, including in Best Australian Stories and Essays. He devised and presented the ABC Radio show Sunday Takeaway, plus acclaimed documentaries, including the Priz Marulić-nominated Riddle. Mystery. Enigma.