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Race Discrimination

Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.

National Anti-Racism Framework plan launched

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has launched a plan to establish a National Anti-Racism Framework and has called on the Federal Government to support and implement it. 

Commissioner Tan released a concept paper detailing key components that need to be included in the Framework and will soon commence a series of roundtables with peak anti-racism organisations to progress the plan. 

The plan was launched ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, also known in Australia as Harmony Day, which occurs this Sunday.

2020 Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

How has Australia’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic affected diverse communities? What lessons can be learned? And how can we ensure diverse communities are included in the road to recovery?

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture

Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture:
Racial Equality in the Time of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected Australia’s diverse communities.

From the racial targeting of Asian Australians to the hard lockdown imposed on residents in Melbourne’s public housing towers, the pandemic has also raised questions about the place of diverse communities in Australian society.

Government should consult on English language visa requirements

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has called on the Australian Government to ensure that new English language partner visa requirements are developed in consultation with key community stakeholders.

Commissioner Tan said the inclusion of this policy in the budget came as a surprise to key stakeholders in the multicultural sector and a lack of information about the policy had created justifiable concern among members of the Australian community.

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.

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.