Racism. It stops with me
More than 1 in 20 Australians say they have been physically attacked because of their race. Around one in five Australians say they have experienced race-hate talk, such as verbal abuse, racial slurs or name-calling. While cultural diversity is central to our national identity, the reality is that too many Australians experience racism, prejudice and discrimination on a regular basis. Racism locks people out of social and economic opportunities. It costs workplaces and our economy and it works against the building of fair, inclusive communities.
The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law has joined forces with the Australian Human Rights Commission and some of Australia's leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGOs to support the "Racism. It stops with me" campaign.
Castan Centre anti-racism blog posts
In support of the campaign, the Castan Centre has published a special International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination blog post on why appeals to racism do not advance Australia.
Other anti-racism blog posts include:
To keep up to date with the Centre's latest opinion piesces on racism, head to www.castancentre.com and select the "racism" category from the drop down box on the right hand side of the page.
Castan Centre anti-racism videos.
The Castan Centre also supports the campaign through our Youtube channel. Our anti-racism video resources include:
Keynote Speech by the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane - "Freedom, the Sublime and the Patriotic
Speech by Prof. Gavin Phillipson on hate speech laws
Short Q&A with Prof. Phillipson on hate speech laws
Q&A with Waleed Aly on racism and free speech
Speech by Waleed Aly on racism and the free speech debate
Q&A with Joe Caputo of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia on racism and free speech
Speech by Noel Pearson on a Fair Place for Indigenous Australians
Speech by Dr Megan Davis about Constitutional recognition of Australia's First Peoples
Speech by Prof. Samina Yasmeen on multiculturalism and the threat of Islamophobia
New Online Tool to Support Cultural Diversity in Workplaces
The Australian Human Rights Commission, Diversity Council of Australia and VicHealth are searching for Australian organisations that recognise the benefits of a culturally diverse workplace and are willing to showcase their efforts nationally.
They are developing an online audit tool in 2014 that will help Australian organisations reap the benefits of a culturally diverse workplace through their planning, leadership, communication, evaluation and human resources practices (in recruitment, retention and promotion). The audit will feature examples of initiatives that demonstrate good practice in the inclusion of people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.