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Lawyer appointed new Race Discrimination Commissioner

A lawyer with over 20 years’ experience will take up the position of Race Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Chin-Leong Tan, who was most recently the director of multicultural engagement at Swinburne University in Melbourne, has been appointed to the role for a term of five years.

Prior to this, he was the chairperson and commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, joint chairperson of the Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee, a partner at Kennetan Lawyers, senior associate and consultant at Gadens Lawyers, partner at Van Fisher and Associates and principal of Braxton Lawyers.

He is admitted to practice at the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.


In a statement, the Australian Human Rights Commission said, “He is a recognised leader within the multicultural community, and has served on various government, council and community bodies and associations”.

“I look forward to working with Mr Tan as Race Discrimination Commissioner in countering racism and enhancing the success of multiculturalism in Australia,” Commission president emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher said.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said that Mr Tan’s story “is like that of so many Australians” who were born overseas and chose to make a new life in Australia.

“I am confident that Mr Tan will make a valuable contribution to our community by representing all Australians and upholding our values through his role.”

“Mr Tan also has extensive experience within the legal profession, having served on various local council bodies and associations, providing him with great experience in a range of community engagement activities, including with Australia’s multicultural communities.”

Mr Porter said Mr Tan would commence his five-year term from Monday, 8 October 2018.

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