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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Race Discrimination
The promotion of harmony has characterised policy and politics in Australia over recent decades. While the idea of ‘harmony’ can be a positive message, one of the problems with this approach overtaking IDERD is that it may discourage people from speaking up about racism because it can be seen as opposing a harmonious Australian society.  Calling this commemoration ‘Harmony Day/Week’ causes harm to our collective anti-racism journey, by undermining efforts to identify and address the harm experienced by comm