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Tuesday 25 June 2013
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The Commission’s Racism - It Stops With Me campaign is rolling out across Melbourne on Ventura Bus Lines, the largest private bus company in the city.

Commission President and acting Race Discrimination Commissioner, Professor Gillian Triggs said, “We are tremendously excited about the commitment Ventura Bus Lines has made to our Racism - It Stops With Me campaign by featuring our posters on their buses throughout Melbourne.”

“Ventura’s proactive stance on addressing and building awareness of racism throughout the Melbourne community is something we whole-heartedly welcome and an initiative we hope more and more public transport operators will replicate throughout Australia.”

In recent weeks, Ventura Bus Lines has started installing the posters in an 800-strong fleet of buses.

As well as featuring the Racism - It Stops With Me posters, Ventura has also developed driver protocols for responding to incidents of ‘Customer inappropriate behaviour’, specifically: racism, harassment and physical violence.

“One of the main aspects of the Racism - It Stops With Me campaign is built around educating bystanders about the ways people can respond to racist abuse in public, whether it be through recording the incident on video - if it is safe to do so - supporting the victim, or reporting the incident,” Professor Triggs said.

Ventura signed up as a supporter of the Racism - It Stops With Me campaign in December 2012 after a high profile incident, in which a French woman was racially abused by other passengers on one of their buses, was caught on iPhone video and distributed.

Professor Triggs said the Commission encourages other public transport organisations to support the campaign.

Organisations that would like more information about supporting the Racism. It Stops With Me. campaign can find it at http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/it-stops-with-me/support-campaign or by emailing antiracismsecretariat@humanrights.gov.au