World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture 2014

World Interfaith Harmony WeekReligions for Peace Australia and RMIT Chaplaincy presented the 2014 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture “Multifaith Australia – Reimagining Our Common Future” in celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, on 6 February, 2014.

The 2011 Census revealed that Australia is becoming more religious in a religiously diverse way. In such a multi-religous and multicultural context, what is the role of religion, religious communities and their spiritual leaders in imaginging a common future for Australia? Are civic and social leaders involved in imagining a common future for a multi-religious and multifaith Australia?

In collaboration with RMIT University Chaplaincy, Religions for Peace Australia presented a public lecture by Emeritus Professor Joseph Camilleri on this significant topic.



The Hon. Maria Vamvakinou- Federal Member for Calwell, Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration, gave the response to the keynote talk by Professor Camilleri.



Joseph Camilleri is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at La Trobe University. He has written and lectured extensively on international relations, governance and globalisation, human rights, North-South relations, international organisations, the United Nations, and the Asia-Pacific region. The text of his talk is available here.

Maria Vamvakinou MP – Federal Member for Calwell
Maria Vamvakinou, the Federal Member for Calwell, is the first Greek-born woman to be elected to the Parliament of Australia. Born on the small Greek island of Lefkada in 1959, Maria migrated by boat to Australia with her parents in 1963 who, like many post-war European families, were looking for a better life and greater opportunities. Maria grew up and was educated in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs and, as the child of working class migrant parents, Maria shares a lot with many local residents and families.

The Federal seat of Calwell, which is situated in Melbourne’s North-West, is a culturally diverse community, with the largest Muslim community in Victoria, and the third largest in Australia.

Maria was educated at Brunswick South Primary School and Princes Hill High School. Maria went on to attend the University of Melbourne where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Modern Greek and Political Science. Maria also holds a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne.
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