Author and commentator Tasneem Chopra speaks with Tim Costello, Chair of the Community Council for Australia and author of A Lot with a Little, in the latest instalment of PEN Sydney’s Free Voices series. Exploring the concept of ‘freedom to read, freedom to write, freedom to speak’, they will discuss the ongoing threats to the freedom of Australian civil society and what we, as citizens, can do to fight back

This event is a fundraiser for Sydney PEN. A share of each ticket price goes directly to PEN.

Tim Costello (Australian)

Tim Costello

Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics. His memoir A lot With a Little tells how he got there. For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA). Currently Tim remains as Executive Director of Micah Australia and continues to place the challenges of global poverty on the national agenda. In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures.

Tasneem Chopra (Australian)

Tasneem Chopra

Tasneem Chopra is a cross-cultural consultant and was recently appointed an ‘Anti-Racism Champion’ by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her consultancy addresses issues of leadership, communication, diversity, cultural competence and intersectional discrimination across private and public spheres. She is a Board Director for Ambulance Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and outgoing Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. A published author, Tasneem has also appeared in editorial outlets, including SBS Life, The Age and The Australian, and has featured on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A and is a regular panelist on ABC’s The Drum and Radio Melbourne’s News Therapy.