Malcolm Fraser launches my book!

The evening was a roaring success, with over 300 guests and wonderful speeches by  former PM Malcolm Fraser, Lindsay Tanner (Federal Minister for Finance and Deregulation), James Merlino (Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs), Nick Kotsiras (Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs), George Lekakis (Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission), Sam Afra (ECCV Chairperson) and, of course, myself.

My book, Many Hopes One Dream, uncovers the untold story of Australian multiculturalism – how it was shaped from the ground up by grassroots associations of migrants and refugees.

Based entirely on original research, including interviews with key players and unexplored government, organisational and media archives, Many Hopes One Dream is the first comprehensive study of the united ethnic movement, concentrating on the history and influence of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria – the oldest federation of migrant, ethnic, refugee and multicultural associations in Australia.

It is a story of the birth, development and evolution of the united ethnic movement. The story of its trials and triumphs, and how, despite formidable obstacles, it was able to shape the reality and institutions of multicultural Australia. It is published by Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Buy your copy of the book here.  For a foretaste, read my guest column in MUSSE: Melbourne University Staff/Student E-news.

Want more?  Here’s Lindsay’s speech, James’s speech, my speech from the launch.

Vivendo na Australia (Living in Australia) Guide

It’s my great privilege to launch this innovative and practical guide for new migrants published by the Newcomers Network and ABRISA – the Brazilian Association for Social Development and Integration. The launch is being held Tuesday 6 July, 5:30 – 7:30 at Melbourne Town Hall (Yarra Room). Attendance is free, but registration essential.  For more information on the guide or to download a copy, click here. To read my speech, click hereObrigada!

Live, radio interview on SBS’s French program.

The conversation will take place Tuesday 29June, around 11:30am (en francais, bien sur). The lovely Daniele Kemp and I will talk mostly about my book and Australian multiculturalism. To tune in, click here. If you prefer English – or the written word – you can pick up a copy of my book from Readings. (Other options are Melbourne Uni bookshop,, or direct from Australian Scholarly Publishing).  PS it’s lovely to be home.

UPDATE! In a lovely surprise I was joined at the microphone by the celebrated and oh-so-sweet French chef Gabriel Gaté. 

Book launch video and sales

Here is a short video of book launch for those that couldn’t attend. If you skip to 2:20 you can hear Lindsay Tanner’s generous praise:

It certainly is an extremely well-written and well-expressed and very intelligent setting of the important role the ECCV has played, and of some of the key figures who over that period of 30 to 35 years of active engagement, in some very often turbulent political times, have played a crucial role in shaping our society.”

In other news, Many Hopes, One Dream is now available on although it’s quickest to go through Australian Scholarly Publishing,  the ECCV, or Melbourne Uni bookshop.

Live, national radio interview on my book this week!

I’ve been invited on SBS’s French radio program on Friday 11 September to discuss my new book: Many Hopes, One Dream: the Story of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria. Tune in at 11am to listen live or download the podcast here.

Don’t forget that ticket sales to book launch will close 11 September.  Don’t miss out! $38 gets you a seat at the formal, celebratory dinner with an impressive line up of speakers, including James Merlino, Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs and George Lekakis, Victoria’s Multicultural Commissioner. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser will also be appearing. Call the ECCV on (03) 9349 4122 or email More info here.

Book launched announced - 23rd September

I’m very excited to announce that my book is being launched by the Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs, James Merlino, on the 23rd September. Former PM Malcolm Fraser will also be attending and will likely give a speech.

Tickets to the launch and celebratory dinner are selling fast.  Get yours here

Praise for Many Hopes, One Dream: The Story of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria by Bronwyn Hinz.

“This book tells a fascinating story of the way the ECCV moved (remarkably quickly) from being a fringe player to occupying a central role as an advocate for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. it should be recommended reading for anyone who is interested in knowing how Victoria, and in particular how Melbourne, has managed its remarkable transformation into one of the world’s leading centres of peaceful multicultural cohabitation.”

- Dr John Chesterman, political historian and author of  Civil Rights: How Indigenous Australians Won Formal Equality