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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.

New Report Shows Increase in Severe Islamophobic Attacks

New research published by Charles Sturt University documents examples of Islamophobia experienced by Australia’s Muslim community.

The research shows a worrying trend with perpetrators becoming more brazen. Harassment in public areas guarded by security officers and CCTV has jumped 30 per cent.

There has also been an increase in severe attacks requiring hospitalisation, which jumped from 2 per cent to 5 per cent.

Speaker Series: Unpacking Islamophobia - Overcoming the CVE filter

Our next Speaker Series will be held in Canberra on Tuesday, November 19. This event is part of our Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims project from Chin Tan - Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Guest Speakers: Dr Clarke Jones (ANU) and Dr Tahmina Rashid (Uni of Canberra).

Attendance is free - please register through Eventbrite at the link below.

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Role of civil society in addressing Islamophobia

As part of the Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims project, the Race Discrimination Commissioner & Team would like to invite you to our Speaker Series Event: The role of Civil Society in addressing Islamophobia with guest speakers Dr Brian J. Adams (Griffith University) and Associate Professor Halim Rane (Griffith University).

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Lecture celebrates 44 years since Race Discrimination Act

The 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture will see award-winning Australian author Thomas Keneally AO in conversation with SBS World News Presenter Janice Petersen.

Hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, this year’s event is entitled ‘The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer’.

The event, which takes place every year on 31 October, marks the anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act, introduced in 1975 by former federal Attorney-General the Hon. Kep Enderby QC.

Thomas Keneally to give Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

The 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture will see award-winning Australian author Thomas Keneally AO in conversation with SBS World News Presenter Janice Petersen.

Hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, this year’s event is entitled ‘The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer’.

The event, which takes place every year on 31 October, marks the anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act, introduced in 1975 by former federal Attorney-General the Hon. Kep Enderby QC.

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.