No one is born racist. We don’t enter the world with inbuilt prejudices. Rather they are something we learn from the society in which we live.The issue in depth
The Issue In Depth
Everything you need to know
No one should ever be held back, targeted or disadvantaged in any way because of the colour of their skin or where they came from.
Although great progress has been made and many forms of overt and institutionalised racism are no longer tolerated, there’s still much to be done. Racist incidents remain too regular an experience for many.
From the Government’s treatment of refugees, to locking up Indigenous kids from the age of ten, to disproportionate police profiling and criminalization of Sudanese and Muslim communities, growing acts of violence and abuse towards Asian communities and a proliferation of far-right, white supremacist militant orginations, now is the time to act.
With racial inequality firmly in the spotlight, now is the best time for Australia to act. A truly bipartisan National Anti-Racism Strategy would be a stepping stone to stem racism, defend equality and celebrate diversity.
It would benefit everyone to see power imbalances gone. Together, we can build a truly just and inclusive society, valuing equality for all.Close
Our work on the issue
We will push for every community leader, institution, corporation and organisation to adopt a zero tolerance approach to racism supported by stronger systems of accountability.Read More
We want to create an Australian society that upholds everyone’s fundamental human rights and ensures every single person has the same opportunities irrespective of race.
How will we do this?
- We will raise awareness and amplifying the voices of those with lived experience and using all the avenues open to us – from school assemblies, to community get togethers, to writing letters to our MPs and Federal Ministers.
- We will create safe spaces where people feel able to talk openly about racism and by doing so start working together to end racism once and for all.
- We will raise awareness and challenge the injustice of racism. By demanding change, we can build a nation where Indigenous children are more likely to complete high school and get a job than be in prison and where refugees can recover from untold trauma to go on and thrive in our inclusive, multicultural communities.
What needs to happen
In Australia today there are people who are disadvantaged because of ongoing racism, we must act now to make racism a thing of the past.Read More
|If we want Australia to be a nation where everyone can feel safe and feel like they belong regardless of where they come from or the colour of their skin, we need better laws across all levels of government, starting with a National Anti-Racism Strategy.
Institutions, corporations, sports clubs, media, the police and schools – everyone has a part to play.