Voices of Australia

Voices of Australia

The Voices of Australia podcast explores all things interesting about social cohesion in Australia. Hosted by the Scanlon Institute CEO Anthea Hancocks and Below the Surface Magazine Founder, Lydia Tesema this podcast is filled with insightful perspectives from a range of diverse voices on how to create a cohesive society. This first series of the podcast explores the question ‘What is Social Cohesion?’ Our aim is not to define the concept, but to challenge listeners to rethink this all-encompassing term and reflect on their own personal and professional relationship with social cohesion.


December 7, 2022 39 min

'Organisations don't do things because it's the nice thing to do...change happens when we put pressure on.' In this episode of the Voices of Australia podcast, Professor Nareen Young helps us navigate how Australian workplaces can become more diverse and inclusive. Nareen is Professor for Indigenous Policy and Indigenous Workforce Diversity at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.   In thi...

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'I don't need to copy the Jamaicans...I just need to be myself. When you're trying too hard to be someone else, it takes so much energy.' Have you wondered what it might feel like to run 800m at the Olympics for your country? Would you believe us if we told you that superstar Peter Bol considers himself an introvert? In this episode of the Voices of Australia podcast, Olympian Peter Bol helps us explore the role s...

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The media provides a major avenue for working through debates about social issues and the values of Australian society in the public sphere. But there is a fine line between facilitating debate and causing division.

CEO of Media Diversity Australia, Mariam Veiszadeh joins us on the podcast to explore the critical relationship between social cohesion and the media in Australia.


Guest biography

Mariam Veiszadeh is an award winning ...

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What does a genuinely inclusive political system really look like?

Joining the podcast to help us unpack this question is Dr. Marija Taflaga, a lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations and co-host of the Democracy Sausage Podcast. In this episode we ask Dr. Taflaga:

  • What is political participation and why is it important to social cohesion and our democracy?
  • What insights can we draw on from the 2022 Federal ...
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    What is the relationship between social cohesion and concepts such as multiculturalism?

    Joining us in this episode is the CEO of Welcoming Australia, Aleem Ali to help us unpack the concepts of social cohesion and multiculturalism and discuss how Australia can become a more welcoming society. 

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    'A cohesive society doesn't box people into one identity.' Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Office Commissioner, Ro Allen, joins hosts, Anthea Hancocks and Lydia Tesema on the podcast.   In this episode we discuss:

  • How fear and ignorance prevent an inclusive society.
  • How Ro's experiences in the church helped shape their commitment to social justice.
  • The need to better appreciate intersectionality and the ...
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    How can decision-makers empower communities? What do we gain from better appreciating our shared interests and aspirations?

    Joining us in the fourth episode of the Voices of Australia Podcast, Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen and Youth Activating Youth Programs Manager Hanad Hersi help us reflect on what strengthens social cohesion within and between communities. In this episode we cover:

  • The key bloc...
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    What does it look like when people trust others, feel like they belong, and participate in their community? Are these the only ways to understand social cohesion?

    Joining us in the third episode of the Voices of Australia Podcast, Professor Kate Reynolds and Fred Alale help us reflect on what we mean when we strive for a cohesive society. In this episode we discuss:

  •  How a quick google search helped convince Fred Alale to move to ...
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    Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus AO joins hosts, Anthea Hancocks and Lydia Tesema for the second episode of the Voices of Australia Podcast.

    Professor Markus takes us through an overview of what 15 years of measuring social cohesion has taught us about Australia.

    Andrew Markus AO Biography:

    Andrew Markus, is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University’s School of International, Historical and Philosophical Studies. His research sp...

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    Australian Multicultural Foundation's Dr Hass Dellal joins hosts, Anthea Hancocks and Lydia Tesema for the very first episode of Voices of Australia to discuss   Voices of Australia is a Scanlon Institute podcast hosted by Anthea Hancocks and Lydia Tesema about all interesting things related to the world of social cohesion.   In this episode we discuss:

  • How Dr Hass Dellal defines social cohesion.
  • What impact his family's mov...
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    August 23, 2022 4 min

    What is social cohesion? Is it a feeling, a goal, or a process? Depending on who you ask you’re likely to get a different answer.   To help us navigate this topic, this week we are launching the Voices of Australia Podcast– a podcast exploring all things interesting about social cohesion in Australia.   Hosted by the Scanlon Institute CEO Anthea Hancocks and Below the Surface magazine founder, Lydia Tesema, this podcast is filled w...

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