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New Australian campaign to rid us of racism   
Friday, 24 August 2012

Produced by Tess Gilfedder

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The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a new National Anti-Racism Strategy, after research revealed an alarming prevalence of racism in Australia. The campaign titled "Racism: It Stops With Me", aims to increase recognition and community response to racist behaviour.

The lyrics read: "For those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share." But Australia may not be as accepting as our national anthem implies. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, around 1 in 5 Australians have experienced racial slurs, and 1 in 20 say they have been physically attacked because of their race. Pino Migliorino is the Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia. He says the new campaign is about curbing these statistics through community awareness. (Photo source: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3080769)

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Pino Migliorino - Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia.
Professor Kevin Dunn - Head of the Challenging Racism Project, University of Western Sydney

Related Links
Racism. It Stops With Me.
Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia
Challenging Racism: The Anti-Racism Research Project
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