AMF Board of Directors Update

The AMF is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chairperson, Professor Kwong Lee Dow AO.

Professor Lee Dow, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, is an eminent scholar and leading educationalist who has played a key role in developing approaches to curriculum, assessment and standards for both the Victorian and Commonwealth governments. Professor Lee Dow has been appointed by successive Victorian governments to lead the various organizations responsible for curriculum and assessment of Victorian secondary education. He has also been appointed to numerous Commonwealth government bodies focused on issues ranging from higher education financing and policy to Indigenous education and was a member of the Australian OECD Advisory Committee on Education.

The AMF would like to thank Sir James Gobbo AC CVO, who served as Chairman of the AMF Board of Directors from 2001-2013, for his invaluable contribution.

Sir James has been a key figure for multiculturalism in Australia. As a barrister and judge, he wrote extensively on the need for our courts to be responsive to the changing demographics of the population they serve. He has argued extensively that interpreters are essential ensuring access to justice. As a founding member of the anti-white Australia movement, Sir James was at the forefront of a push to abandon assimilation policies in favour of integration. In the late 1970s, he was appointed to the Federal Immigration and Population Council where he actively pushed for resources to improve public understanding of the plight of Indo-Chinese refugees. As Chair of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs, he led the establishment of Australia’s first multicultural policy – a National Agenda for Multicultural Australia, released in 1989. The framework it set remains to this day.

We look forward to working with Sir James in his new role as Emeritus Chairman of the AMF.

The AMF also wishes to welcome its newest Board Member, Archbishop Christopher Prowse who is the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn.

Archbishop Prowse has been co-Chair of the Australian Anglican and Roman Catholic (AUSTARC) Dialogue, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania. Within the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, he is a member of the Permanent Committee and Chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Relations. He is also a member of the Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Prowse as Consultor to the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, institutionally linked to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.