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The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 makes racial discrimination and racial hatred unlawful in public places.

It protects everyone in Australia from discrimination based on race and guarantees that everyone enjoys equality before the law, regardless of their racial background. Areas where racial discrimination is specifically unlawful include:

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People aren’t born with racist ideas or opinions. Racism is learned.

Racist attitudes are sometimes related to fear and anxiety. Some people worry that other groups pose a threat, whether to community safety or national identity.

Racism can also relate to people feeling like they need to belong or identify with their own group. People sometimes express racism as a way of differentiating or excluding others. 

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Racism can happen just about anywhere.

It is most frequently experienced in public places such as a person’s neighbourhood, at the shops, or in the workplace. It is also commonly experienced on public transport, at sporting events or in schools[1].

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Many people experience racist behaviour.

Surveys by the Challenging Racism Project and Scanlon Foundation show that approximately 20 per cent of Australians experience racism, and about 5 per cent have been physically attacked because of their race[1].

Some groups experience racism more than others.

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Systemic racism is when the policies and practices of institutions result in unfair treatment of some groups compared to others. Like everyday racism, systemic racism does not necessarily target a particular person.

With systemic racism, systems of education, government and the media celebrate and reward some cultures over others. It appears in two main ways:

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Everyday racism reinforces negative stereotypes or prejudices about people based on their race, colour or ethnicity.

It’s often expressed through off-hand jokes or comments. For example, if someone makes a joke that pokes fun at a particular race, or makes an assumption about a person – for instance, that they must like a certain type of food because of their race.

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Unconscious bias is an attitude towards a person, or a group of people, which we may not even aware of.

It can be a favourable attitude, where we form positive impressions based on someone’s skin colour, surname or where they come from. Or it can be unfavourable, with negative impressions.

Unconscious bias is sometimes called a hidden bias because it’s hard to detect, even in ourselves, but most people do hold some bias of one kind or another.

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