“Australia Fails to Tackle Racism: Call for National Plan and Anti-Racism Education in Schools”

Australia, Human Rights

Article: A new report published by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reveals that governments at all levels in Australia are failing to adequately address racism. The report, produced with PwC Indigenous Consulting and the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, highlights an ad-hoc, disjointed, and reactive approach to tackling racism across the country.

According to the report, negatively racialised communities, including First Nations communities, are forced to compete for funding and support, while political bipartisanship remains an obstacle to action. National Race Discrimination Commissioner Giridharan Sivaraman said that the lack of a coordinated and focused approach to addressing racism is a significant issue.

The Federal Government has recognized the need for a national anti-racism strategy and is supporting the AHRC with $7.5 million over four years to develop a National Anti-Racism Strategy. The report recommends developing a clear whole-of-government strategic approach to addressing racism, including a nationally recognized definition of racism and anti-racism education in schools.

Commissioner Sivaraman emphasized the impact of racism on opportunities and outcomes in all areas of people’s lives, particularly for First Nations peoples. He highlighted recent ruptures in society that have seen dramatic rises in racism towards various groups, including First Nations peoples, and called for a national framework to tackle racism.

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