QIS Peace & Dialogue Awards 2014

QIS was presented ‘QIS Peace & Dialogue Awards 2014’.

Each award recognises the award recipient’s outstanding contribution to the understanding, appreciation, facilitation and promotion of dialogue between members of the various faith, no-faith and cultural communities.  Contributions include engaging people as relevant, from both one’s own faith or cultural tradition and other faith and cultural traditions present in our community, recognising both commonality and difference in order to actively promote informed dialogue, understanding and acceptance.  This contribution includes community outreach which involved both a personal effort and a broader involvement of his or her institution in engaging the various communities in our diverse society. This engagement further includes promoting dialogue in both the private and public domains in order to help build a harmonious and cohesive society through lawful means available to the recipient.  Queensland Intercultural Society recognises people making outstanding contributions in four specialised self-explanatory categories.


Community Leadership Award was ordained Associate Professor Mohamad Abdalla from Griffith University

Queensland Public Service Award: The exceptional recipient of this award has supported, promoted or initiated intercultural and/or interfaith dialogue in the public domain to help build a cohesive society through engagement, policies and/or political action.



He is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected Muslim leaders, combining the roles of serious academic scholar, public intellectual and religious leader. He passionately supports social inclusion and takes much pride in his role in fostering peace and harmony in the community.

He is married with one child, and currently resides in Australia, where he has been a citizen for 25 years.

He is an associate professor at the School of Humanities at Griffith University. He is the Founding Director of the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU) and the Director of the Queensland node of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS), a consortium with the University of Melbourne and University of Western Sydney.

He is a regular guest lecturer on Islamic issues in various national and international universities and a frequent Islamic affairs commentator in the Australian media.

He was one of 1000 Australians selected to join Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2020 Summit, aimed at harnessing the best ideas for building a modern Australia ready for the challenges of the 21st century.

He was also guest of the Australian Ambassador to the USA in 2008, to formalize the relationship between Australian and American Muslim leaders and to engage them in a long-term relationship of cooperation and understanding.

Since the tragic events of 11 September, he has worked tirelessly to establish open and respectful dialogue between people of diverse faith traditions and persuasions. After 9/11, he led a successful reconciliation strategy between Australian Muslims and the wider community that led to building bridges of understanding. 


Community Leadership Award 2014 was ordained Mr. Bob Atkinson, Retired QLD Police Commissioner

Community Leadership Award: The outstanding recipient of this award is applauded for the effort made towards promoting a better understanding of faiths and cultures through their fair & objective coverage of events and individuals in our multi-faith society.



 He began his career as a constable with the Queensland police Force in 1968. He performed a wide range of operational and managerial roles serving throughout Queensland from Goondiwindi to Cairns.

He was a detective for approximately 20 years and acted as the police prosecutor in various Magistrates Courts during this period.

In 1989 he attended the three-month FBI National Academy Course at Quantico, Virginia, in the United States. He again attended the FBI Academy during 2002 for the National Executive Institute Program.

In 2000 he took office as the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service until his retirement in 2012. In 2013 he was appointed one of six Royal Commissioners to the Australian Government Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

During his career he has received a number of honours and awards for his services including the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to the public sector in 2001. In January 2013 he received the Officer of the Order of Australia award for his distinguished service to policing and to the community of Queensland, through leadership in law enforcement, community and cultural engagement, improved service delivery and contributions to professional development.



Iftar Message from Hon Glen Elmes, Multicultural Minister

“I would like to extend, on this special special occasion, my greetings to all Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. I was honoured to have been invited by the Queensland Intercultural Society to sponsor the first Newman Government’s Iftar Dinner at Parliament House and grateful for the opportunity to participate in the breaking of the daily fast. Queensland […]