Short Talks

This year the short talks will consist of presentations by some inspiring individuals. They wil be held on Thursday 23 February at 11.45am and 2pm.

  Nasir Sobhani
Twitter @StreetsBarber
Nasir is a Canadian national who, only after the clarity of rehab and support of his family that he could foresee a career in doing what he loved: cutting hair. In 2011 he moved to Melbourne for his own clean start. He works as a hairdresser in Fitzroy and on his one day off, he offers haircuts for the homeless in a program he calls ‘Clean Cut, Clean Start’. His work was recently recognised by being awarded the Victoria University Alumni Service Award.
  Tania de Jong
Twitter @taniadejong
Tania is a leading Australian soprano, social entrepreneur, spiritual journeywoman and creative innovation catalyst. She founded Creativity Australia and works with disadvantaged communities through the ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the Arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities.

Nick Hatzoglou
Twitter @Nikolaos4
Nick Hatzoglou is the Manager of Club Cricket with Cricket Australia. He is Australian-born with Greek heritage and has a passion for cultural diversity and sport. He combines experience gained within the multicultural sector, Local Government, Australian Football League and Football Federation Victoria with his appreciation of the positive part sport plays in a vibrant multicultural Australia. Nick acknowledges the important role sport plays in nurturing community interaction, social harmony and believes cricket in particular has a great opportunity to contribute in developing peoples' understanding of each other. 

Phil Cleary
Twitter @PhilCleary_Ind
Phil Cleary grew up in Coburg in Melbourne's northern suburbs where he completed an Arts degree at La Trobe University, majoring in politics and sociology. He is a former teacher, footballer and Independent member of the federal parliament – winning former PM Bob Hawke’s seat of Wills at a by-election in 1992 and at the general election in 1993.  Since the murder of his 25-year-old sister, Vicki, in 1987 Phil has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women. It’s widely acknowledged that his books, newspaper articles and media commentaries were pivotal to the abolition of the law of provocation in Victoria and changing community attitudes to violence against women.





















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