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Race Discrimination

Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

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The Race Discrimination Commissioner is undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. He is holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion.

The project is an opportunity to identify community strengths, concerns and priorities and hear from the community about ideas for change.

Let’s talk race: A guide on how to conduct conversations about racism (2019)

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What you Say Matters

What you Say Matters

The What you Say Matters project aims to increase understanding of racism among young people (14-17 years) and help them to respond safely to racism through youth-targeted resources.

The resources include a video clip for the song, ‘What You Say Matters’, performed by Indigenous hip-hop artist Brothablack and a  series of downloadable fact sheets. The fact sheets address topics such as what racism is; why people are racist; who experiences racism; where it happens; why it’s a problem; what we can do about it and the laws that address it.

Thomas Keneally AO: Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

This year's lecture by Thomas Keneally AO is entitled:

The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer

 

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Submission on the draft Religious Discrimination Bill

The Australian Human Rights Commission supports reform to improve protections against religious discrimination for all people in Australia. 
While supporting much of the draft Religious Discrimination Bill, the Commission urges that the Bill be amended to avoid limiting other human rights and overriding existing anti-discrimination laws.

“The Commission has advocated for more than 20 years for a Bill to protect against religious discrimination,” said Commission President Rosalind Croucher.

Religious Freedom Bills

Introduction

  1. The Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) makes this submission to the Attorney-General’s Department in relation to the Department’s consultation on a package of three draft Bills that the Department describes collectively as the ‘Religious Freedom Bills’.  The Religious Freedom Bills comprise drafts of the:
  • Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (Cth) (the Bill)
  • Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the Consequential Amendments Bill)
  • Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Reli

National Speaker Series: Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan will hold a series of high-profile speaker events across the country this September, including one event just announced for Melbourne.

The event series is part of the Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims project, and brings together professional speakers from the Australian Muslim community, or with expertise on issues affecting the community, to talk about topics of national importance.

Speaker Series: Calling out Casual Racism

Speaker Series Event: Calling out Casual Racism

People often associate racism with acts of abuse or harassment. However, it doesn’t need to involve violent or intimidating behaviour. Take racial name-calling and jokes. Or consider situations when people may be excluded from groups or activities because of where they come from.

Casual Racism is revealed through people’s actions as well as their attitudes. It can also be reflected in systems and institutions. But sometimes it may not be revealed at all. Not all racism is obvious.

 

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Speaker Series: the Rise of Cyber Racism

During the Race Discrimination Commissioner’s national consultations with the Australian Muslim community, concerns about the increase in cyber racism has been a key theme.  Community members noted that the Muslim community was often used as click bait by online media outlets who are targeting sections of the Australian public.  This negative narrative is then propagated through social media echo chambers and, as recent incidents have demonstrated, increasingly manifesting in real life.

Guest Speaker: Professor Kevin Dunn (Western Sydney University)

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Adelaide - Open Consultation for the Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

The Race Discrimination Commissioner and Team are undertaking a project to listen to and share the stories of Australian Muslims. We are holding national consultations with members of the Australian Muslim community about their needs and experiences of discrimination, Islamophobia and hate speech and their right to safely practice their religion. This project aims to build robust intelligence about the experience of Australian Muslims to inform the Australian Human Rights Commission’s work in promoting social cohesion and providing evidence for change.

 

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