Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke today said that the new National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy will reach out to the entire Australian community.
The national Partnership, led by Dr Szoke and the Australian Human Rights Commission is
charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive anti-racism Strategy for Australia.
Dr Szoke said “the strong agreement that emerged from the Partnership meeting today was that we need to go out to everyday Australians, to business, sport, the arts, employers, and talk to them about what we can do to address racism”.
The Partnership was announced by the Government in February 2011 as a key initiative of Australia’s new multicultural policy, The People of Australia.
“To make multiculturalism work, we have to confront racist attitudes. The creation of this partnership of key government agencies and community organisations will form a powerful opportunity to build preventative strategies to reduce racism” said Dr Szoke.
Dr Szoke said the Partnership will design, develop and implement the Strategy. It will focus on five key areas of effort; research and consultation, education resources, public awareness, youth engagement and ongoing evaluation.
The National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy includes government representatives from the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs as well as the Australian Multicultural Council.
From the community, the Partnership includes the Federation of Ethnic Community Councils Australia and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
Dr Szoke said the combination of Government, independent bodies and representative NGO's means that all areas of racism can be identified and coalitions built to address them.
The Partnership will be launching a process of community consultations early in the new year.
A draft Strategy is expected to be launched around July 2012 with implementation of the Strategy rolled out over three years, 2012-2015.
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