Words are powerful. When we use them well, they can bring people together. When we use them carelessly, they can tear people apart.
When we surveyed over 2300 Australians aged 13-17, 89 per cent told us that they had experienced racism or seen it happen to someone else.
That's not cool.
We want to see in Australia where everyone is treated with respect, no matter what their skin colour, background or culture.
You can learn more about racism and how to fight it here:
- What is racism?
- Why are people racist?
- Who experiences racism?
- Where does racism happen?
- Why is racism a problem?
- What can you do?
- What does the law say?
The quotes used throughout these pages were largely obtained through the Commission's consultations with the Australian community. Some names and ages have been changed to protect the privacy of the people involved.
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