Jessie Street Trust, 2019

All images of Jessie Street sourced by the National Library of Australia (MS2683/11)


The Lunch has been held since 1989. It takes place in Parliament House Sydney, as near as possible to April 18, the date of Jessie’s birthday.

Over the years, the lunch has attracted a dedicated group of supporters who come away well-fed by the Parliament House chefs and inspired by the speakers and the emotionally powerful stories behind the past and current annual grant winners. The Trust is proud that this event in Jessie’s name has become a Sydney institution.

A link to past speakers can be found here

2019 Fundraising Lunch

The 2019 Annual Lunch Fundraiser was held on 31st May 2019. Our speaker this year was Professor Tim Soutphommasane.

Professor Tim Soutphommasane

Author and Political Theorist

Former Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner

Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. He is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.


Tim is the author of five books: On Hate (2019), I’m Not Racist But …(2015), Don’t Go Back To Where You Came From (2012),The Virtuous Citizen (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He is also the co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That’s Left (2010).


Tim is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he gained first class honours in government, and the University of Oxford, where he completed a master’s degree and doctorate in political theory. He also holds honorary doctorates from Deakin University and the University of Western Sydney. 


Tim has previously worked in politics and has been a columnist with The Age and The Australian newspapers. He is a board member of the Cranlana Programme and was the founding chair of the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity.

Thank you to all who came for a great lunch!

Images of Tim Soutphommasane have been sourced from the ABC and