Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges the leadership of Adam Goodes in anti-racism and human rights, as he concludes his term as 2014 Australian of the Year.

More than 325 organisations across Australia are official supporters of the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign – with 115 organisations joining since Australia Day 2014.

“Adam Goodes is an inspiring ambassador for Racism. It Stops With Me and he has been an outstanding Australian of the Year,” Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said.

“Adam delivered a powerful message these past 12 months. On racism, he is absolutely right to say: If you see something, say something. It’s up to all of us to take a stand against prejudice and bigotry.”

Dr Soutphommasane said Mr Goodes has spoken about combating racism in media interviews, speeches, a Community Service Announcement and on social media.

“One hashtag that I’ve been really passionate about this year is #itstopswithme,” Mr Goodes told Racism. It Stops With Me supporter Twitter Australia last week.

“That hashtag has been so important to help get the message out there in the community and to give people the courage to stand up and say no to racism,” Mr Goodes said.

Dr Soutphommasane said one in five Australians report being targeted by race-hate talk such as verbal abuse or racial slurs. More than one in 20 people say they have been physically attacked because of their race.

Mr Goodes’ term as Australian of the Year concludes on 25 January, when the 2015 Australian of the Year will be announced by the Prime Minister in Canberra.

Go online for more information about Racism. It Stops With Me.

Media contact: Dominic O’Grady, Australian Human Rights Commission, for Dr Tim Soutphommasane. M: 0419 258 597.