Dr Helen Szoke explains that people need to learn how to identify and react to racism in social settings.
For the past decade, Australia has become the home of multiculturalism. Half of us were born overseas. In city suburbs Gen Y mixes easily with different nationalities and cultures. The fight against racism appears to have been won. Or has it?
The Racial Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke, tells 3Q racism is still a pervasive problem in Australia, with ethnic minorities and Indigenous people continuing to experience discrimination in subtle and not so subtle ways.
Read a transcript of a recent interview with Dr Szoke on the issue.
Unless they’re celebrating their ethnic diversity through a weekend festival or harmony day at their local school, most Australians want people to drop obvious cultural ties.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is developing a national anti-racism strategy to educate the public on what constitutes racism and how it can be prevented and reduced.
Q. Which political party do you think best represents the interests of –
|Families with young children||34%||31%||5%||29%|
|Working people on average incomes||40%||32%||5%||23%|
|Working people on low incomes||43%||27%||6%||24%|
|Working people on high incomes||13%||63%||2%||22%|
|People on welfare||38%||23%||8%||30%|
|Small businesses and self-employed||20%||47%||4%||29%|
|The next generation of Australians||19%||31%||17%||33%|
|Rural and regional Australians||18%||34%||11%||36%|
The Labor Party is considered the party which best represents the interests of working people on low and average incomes, people on welfare and pensioners. The Liberal Party is considered best at representing the interests of people on high incomes, big business, small business and self-employed, rural and regional Australians and the next generation. The Greens’ main strengths are in representing the next generation, indigenous people and ethnic communities.
There was little difference between the major parties in terms of representing the interests of families with young children, students, indigenous people and ethnic communities.
Q. How important are the following issues for Australia?
|Total important||Very important||Somewhat important||Not very important||Not at all important||Don’t know|
|Reaching a global agreement on climate change||74%||44%||30%||9%||13%||4%|
|Having a Bill of Rights||63%||29%||34%||18%||11%||8%|
|Gaining a seat on the UN Security Council||59%||20%||39%||20%||13%||8%|
|Having a treaty with indigenous Australians||56%||23%||33%||20%||19%||5%|
|Having a referendum on becoming a republic||41%||17%||24%||25%||29%||5%|
Reaching a global agreement on climate change was considered very/somewhat important for Australia by 74% of people surveyed. 63% think that having a Bill of Rights is very/somewhat important and 59% think Australia gaining a seat on the UN Security Council is very/somewhat important.
Green (94%) and Labor (87%) voters were more likely to think that reaching a global agreement on climate change is very/somewhat important for Australia. Just over half (55%) of Coalition voters think that this is very/somewhat important for Australia.
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