National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights

Paul Mortimer
Policy Adviser to Dr Peter Wong, Unity Party MP, Sydney

When Ethnic Peak Organisations Disagree With Government: Recent NSW History

Examines the 1999-2000 conflict between the Ethnic Communities Council (ECC) of NSW and the NSW Government/ Ethnic Affairs Commission, over the Government's change of the name and role of the Commission. To cover the ECC's approach to resolving the dispute, the ultimate effectiveness of the ECC, the NSW Government's approach to the dispute, and the outcome for the ECC's funding and independence. Will examine the implications for the future organisation and strategies to be adopted by ethnic peak organisations if they are to be credible, representative and advocate in interests of diverse communities. Also, the implications for the independence of advocacy organisations who receive Government funding.

Paul Mortimer has worked for non-government and community advocacy organisations for seventeen years, including the Tenants Union of NSW and St George Migrant Resource Centre. Until June 2000 he worked as Policy Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, and was recently appointed as Policy Adviser to Dr Peter Wong, Unity Party MP in the NSW Upper House of Parliament. In his spare time he plays Irish music.

Presentation Type
30 min paper

University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

Papers & Workshops