James had the pleasure of again being appointed as an Australia Day Ambassador.
This year, he delivered the Australia Day Address in the Northern New South Wales towns of Inverell and Delungra.
In his speech James drew on his personal experience working in the field of countering violent extremism. He highlighted the vital role inclusion plays in reducing the risk of extremism in our communities.
The core of his message, was that Australia was a rare example of where both diversity and unity, often two opposing forces, are able to be married, in a way that is the envy of many other nations. But that such a mix is not to be taken for granted, requiring all of us to do our part to continue to build strong and healthy communities .
Having been appointed the Australia Day Ambassador for the regional town of Dungog, James had the privilege of delivering the Australia Day address and also present the town’s Citizen of The Year awards. Images taken on the day can be found by clicking here.
James had the privilege of appearing on Channel Ten’s The Project to discuss the danger of responding to hate speech with violence. James said that we must call out hate, but also be careful not to do so in ways that only fuel the cycle of extremism.
You can watch this segment by clicking on this link.
James recently travelled to Jakarta to deliver a keynote speech for tech giants Google and Youtube.
This closed door summit brought together policy makers, civil society groups and YouTube creators to discuss solutions to countering online extremism.
You can read The Point magazine's coverage of the summit here.
James was invited to attend the U.S. State Department sponsored event 'AUSTRALIA 2.0'. This brought together key stakeholders to look at developing solutions to online hate. James is featured in this SBS World News piece covering the event. Watch here.
Come and listen to James in conversation with fellow panellists Brigid Delaney & Rebecca Starford at the 2016 Newcastle Writers' Festival. April 2, 10am. Free event, with further information available by clicking this link.
James is interviewed by the BBC's Stephen Nolan on his experiences with far right extremism and what can be done to prevent the radicalisation of young people.
(note - skip to 1hr 43 min mark)
Radical groups recruit young people who are socially isolated, confused and angry. The way to fight their recruitment is with better social services, not better military spending...
Originally published in The Guardian on Tuesday 20 January 2015