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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 139

(Question No. 1434)


Senator Calvert asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 June 1994:

  (1) Who is Lucky Dube.

  (2) Why did the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission pay $5000 to sponsor Lucky Dube's tour of Australia.

  (3) What are the special skills or qualities attributed to Lucky Dube.

  (4) What are the details of the tour.

  (5) What other costs were incurred by the Department due to this sponsorship.

  (6) In what other sponsorships has the Department taken part.

  (7) What costs have been involved.


Senator Bolkus —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  I am advised by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission:

  (1) Lucky Dube is an internationally acclaimed black South African reggae musician.

  (2) The Commission is involved in an ongoing anti-racism campaign targeted at young people called `Different Colours, One People' (DCOP). The Lucky Dube tour was thought to be an effective promotional vehicle for anti-racism. Lucky Dube wrote a song inspired by the campaign also called `Different Colours, One People'. The funding enabled the release of a single compact disc featuring this song. The cover of the compact disc was specially designed and featured the DCOP logo and slogan, the Commission logo and explanatory text about the DCOP campaign.

  At his concerts, Lucky Dube and his band all wore DCOP t-shirts. He also mentioned the DCOP campaign in all his public interviews.

  (3) Great musicianship; well known peace activist and ambassador for anti-racism. Representative of the spirit of the new multi-racial South Africa.

  (4) During November-December 1993, Lucky Dube played at venues in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He also visited Fiji and New Zealand.

  (5) None.

  (6) The Sex Discrimination Commissioner has provided support to the Jute Theatre in Cairns, to prepare video and educational material as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the Sex Discrimination Act.

  The Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission sponsored Inkahoots (Art Production Company) for the development of a poster on pregnancy, which formed part of a larger art exhibition.

  The Tasmanian regional office of the Commission is sponsoring an information day on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be run by the National Children's and Youth Law Centre.

  The Department has not undertaken any such sponsorship.

  (7) Jute Theatre: $5000.

  Inkahoots: $1000.

  National Children's and Youth Law Centre: $400-$500.