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Swinburne director to take on federal race discrimination role

Chin Tan, director of multicultural engagement at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, has been appointed as Australia’s next race discrimination commissioner.

Tan will take up the federal agency role on 8 October, replacing political scientist and author Tim Soutphommasane, who left the post in August at the end of his five-year term.

Tan was born in Malaysia and moved to Australia as a university student. He has worked as a lawyer for more than 20 years in Melbourne and was previously a member of the Victorian Police Commissioner’s human rights strategic advisory group. Tan was also appointed by state premier Ted Baillieu to head the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

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