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Race Discrimination

Racial Equality Review of Basketball Australia

Basketball Australia branded basketball

In an ongoing effort to ensure that basketball is a truly inclusive sport, Basketball Australia has engaged the Australian Human Rights Commission to undertake a Racial Equality Review.

Let’s talk race: A guide on how to conduct conversations about racism (2019)


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.

Calls for community support during Melbourne lockdowns

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has called for sensitive and appropriate supports for the communities in lockdown in Flemington and North Melbourne.

Many of the people living in the nine towers that have been placed into ‘hard lockdown’ are from migrant and ethnic communities and have already faced a range of hardships prior to COVID-19.

Calls to end Indigenous deaths in custody

The Australian Human Rights Commission is shocked and saddened by the death in custody of Black American man, George Floyd and the violence that has since erupted in the United States of America.

The global focus on these events reminds Australians of the unacceptably high rates of incarceration and deaths in custody of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

This was brought into sharp focus yesterday when a police officer in Sydney injured an Indigenous teenager, prompting an internal police investigation. 

Introductory remarks at the 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Tuesday 19 May, 2020

Speech given at the 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture 

Where’s all the data on COVID-19 racism?

The absence of data illustrating the increase in racial abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic shows Australia needs to do better at recording and monitoring racism.

Race Discrimination Commissioner welcomes call for national unity from Chinese-Australians

Last week’s open letter from 16 prominent Chinese-Australians calling for national unity during the COVID-19 pandemic continues the important work of Australian community leaders in calling out racism, especially against people of Chinese background. I welcome and applaud it, and the important conversations it has begun.

Working together for greater harmony

On Harmony Day, Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan urged all Australians to take personal responsibility for creating a more harmonious society by practising kindness, understanding and by opposing racism.

Commissioner Tan said, “Now more than ever we need to support one another, be kind and work together to fight a virus that does not recognise race, religion or ethnicity. We are all in this together.”

Commemorating one year since the Christchurch mosque attack

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow have commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch mosque attack.

In a joint statement, they said: “The Christchurch massacre was deeply traumatic for New Zealand’s Muslim community. That trauma has echoed throughout the Muslim community in Australia and internationally.”