Former international student appointed Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner

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Chin-Leong Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1987 and has worked in numerous legal and community positions in Victoria prior to his appointment.

Mr Tan's story is like that of so many Australians who were born overseas and chose to make a new life in Australia.

A former international student from Malaysia who moved to Canberra to study law at ANU has become the new Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Chin-Leong Tan, who attained a Bachelor of Laws in 1987, commenced his five-year term on 8 October. After graduating from ANU, he worked as a lawyer for more than 20 years, including with firms including Gadens, Braxton Laywers and Kennetan Lawyers.

“Mr Tan is a well-known and recognised leader in the multicultural community and I congratulate him on this significant appointment,” Commonwealth Attorney-General, Christian Porter MP, says.

“Mr Tan's story is like that of so many Australians who were born overseas and chose to make a new life in Australia.”

Mr Tan was between 2015 and 2018  Swinburne University’s Director of Multicultural Engagement. Between 2011 and 2015 he has also served as Chairperson and Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Between 2011 and 2014 Mr Tan was Joint-Chairperson of the Victorian Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee. Other notable positions have included being a member of the Australian Football League’s Multicultural Focus Group from 2015-16.

“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, says.

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