Race politics is back

This opinion piece by the Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Southphommasane was published by Fairfax media on August 6, 2018Race politics is back. Right now, it feels like there has never been a more exciting time to be a dog-whistling politician...
Monday 6 August 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Letter to the editor

Miranda Devine (Opinion, 18 April) suggests that migrants must, out of gratitude to this country, stay quiet about racism. This is disappointing. It implies people must put up and shut up.Rejecting racism does not amount to being unpatriotic. It's...
Thursday 19 April 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Letter to the editor

Judith Sloan (Opinion, 17 April) questions the methodology of our Leading for Change report on cultural diversity and leadership.The methodology used in the report is consistent with academic and industry studies of cultural background, as well as...
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Australian leadership falls short on cultural diversity

If you want to see what Australia’s multicultural success looks like, go to a high school prize night in one of our major cities. Chances are you’ll see children of migrants dominating the prize-winners.It’s not just anecdotal observation. Just last...
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Chinese-influence debate must avoid racism

There are an estimated 1.2 million people living in Australia who have Chinese ancestry (of which I am one). Many would agree that old prejudices against Chinese have largely given way to general acceptance of Chinese-Australians.Yet, ongoing...
Thursday 1 March 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

The year's creeping tide of racism

Was 2017 the year of the white supremacist? A friend put this to me recently.My answer is No. It would be indulgent despair to declare we’ve lost to racism. We haven’t. And we shouldn’t think we have.But I admit: there has been something about 2017...
Sunday 31 December 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

The many faces of racism

Not long ago, I was reminded of a passage from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, in which he reflects upon the nature of the racism:
Thursday 2 November 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Stopping racism is everyone's responsibility

Racism can get ugly. Think of the incidents of racist abuse on public transport that frequently attract media coverage.It's an unpleasant experience to witness racist vitriol or confrontation. It's even worse when you're on the receiving end of it....
Thursday 5 October 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

How to respond to the upswing in racism

Where does hatred come from? And how must we respond? These are questions many have been asking during the past week.
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

If we relax the Racial Discrimination Act, we risk condoning racism

The law in Australia has never provided a perfect protection against racism.For a long time, the law was in fact silent about racism. Prior to the enactment of anti-discrimination laws, there was little that those on the receiving end of racial...
Thursday 16 February 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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