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Canberrans urged to help end racism

By 30 July 2014 11

Canberrans are being urged to join an Australia-wide public awareness campaign that aims to put an end to racism.

Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch, and Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today joined forces with local sporting stars, members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and multicultural leaders at the ACT Legislative Assembly to affirm the ACT Government’s support of the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign.

“The ACT Government supports the fundamental principles of the National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy, which aims to prevent and combat racism in Australia, in all its forms,” Ms Burch said.

“The Government and the people of the ACT have worked tirelessly for many years to foster racial harmony and understanding in our community. Together, we have introduced initiatives that have not only strengthened our multicultural communities but have served to make Canberra a shining example to the rest of Australia.

“The continuing popularity of the National Multicultural Festival shows how successful we have been.”

Mr Corbell said the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ campaign, which runs until August 2015, invites people to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens.

“This Australia-wide campaign takes our dedication and embracement of cultural diversity in the capital one step higher. We hope all Canberrans help to spread the word that racism really does stop with us all as individuals,” Mr Corbell said.

To find out more about ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ log on to www.itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au

(Joy Burch and Simon Corbell Media Release)

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11 Responses to Canberrans urged to help end racism
#1
Darkfalz8:05 pm, 30 Jul 14

I see much more positive discrimination than I do racism of any kind. And most of the racism I see is not from white people. Honestly, we pay taxes for the perpetuation of this utter nonsense?

#2
dungfungus8:08 am, 31 Jul 14

Darkfalz said :

I see much more positive discrimination than I do racism of any kind. And most of the racism I see is not from white people. Honestly, we pay taxes for the perpetuation of this utter nonsense?

It’s an industry fostered by progessive nannies who are urging more people to demand to be abused, villified etc.
All it is doing is ensuring that we never have “official” reconciliation and we continue to allow migration of culturally incompatible people into Australia, some of whom happen to also be of a different race to our original inhabitants and British settlers.
I think this latest media release is part of a smoke screen to mask other major problems festering within the government.
As you rightly say it is a waste of our taxes.

#3
Mysteryman8:50 am, 31 Jul 14

This country has laws and policies in place to advantage and favour people based on their minority status, but you expect Joe Public not to discriminate on the same grounds? Good luck with that.

#4
Maya12311:07 am, 31 Jul 14

I see race as irrelevant. It’s the culture that people bring with them I consider is relevant, and that can be brought by a person of any race.

#5
dungfungus11:37 am, 31 Jul 14

Maya123 said :

I see race as irrelevant. It’s the culture that people bring with them I consider is relevant, and that can be brought by a person of any race.

I find myself in full agreement with you on that.
But there comes a time (no, I am not channeling Neil Young) when people of all races that are resident here identify solely as Australians and they predominantly adopt the Australian culture (what is left of it).

#6
Weatherman1:07 pm, 31 Jul 14

Canberra already has a long establish community of diplomatic commissions and foreign embassies. Canberrans are very global citizens in Australia. I’d estimate that much of business I did in Canberra was with diplomatic commissions. Canberra doesn’t really have ethnic segregation. The socio-economic level is fairly high. When I had lived in other cities, there are majority ethnic areas, such as Auburn, NSW or Dandenong, VIC. The older established migrants tend to move out of these areas to the more affluent suburbs and that tends to leave those areas in decay and leads to crime.

#7
HenryBG11:15 am, 01 Aug 14

Corbell seems confused – he starts off talking about racism, and then starts babbling about “cultural diversity”.
Does he not understand that the two are unrelated concepts?

Here is what Angela Merkel thinks of Corbell’s quaint beliefs:
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/multiculturalism-in-germany-has-failed-says-chancellor-20101017-16p7h.html

Here is what David Cameron as to say about the same thing:
http://www.news.com.au/world/multiculturalism-policies-in-britain-a-failure-says-pm-david-cameron/story-e6frfkyi-1226000767708

Now, who do you think has the better grasp on reality?
The German leader, a Physics PhD?
The UK leader, a 1st-class Honours Oxford graduate?
Or Simon Corbell, a graduate in “Communication” at CCAE?

#8
Maya12312:24 pm, 01 Aug 14

HenryBG said :

Corbell seems confused – he starts off talking about racism, and then starts babbling about “cultural diversity”.
Does he not understand that the two are unrelated concepts?

Here is what Angela Merkel thinks of Corbell’s quaint beliefs:
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/multiculturalism-in-germany-has-failed-says-chancellor-20101017-16p7h.html

Here is what David Cameron as to say about the same thing:
http://www.news.com.au/world/multiculturalism-policies-in-britain-a-failure-says-pm-david-cameron/story-e6frfkyi-1226000767708

Now, who do you think has the better grasp on reality?
The German leader, a Physics PhD?
The UK leader, a 1st-class Honours Oxford graduate?
Or Simon Corbell, a graduate in “Communication” at CCAE?

What has their degree got to do with it? Personally I prefer to consider someone’s abilities above their level of education, unless the education is relevant (such as a medical doctor talking about medical subjects). I have met very intelligent people with little education, and people with degrees who were of – um – average intelligence, although the latter would have thought their degree made them superior.
Not that it really has anything to do with the comments and beliefs here, but coming from your angle, Simon Corbell’s education makes him possibly the most qualified to comment on this subject. Unless “a 1st-class Honours Oxford graduate” in whatever is relevant.

Of course, not having a degree, I’m not qualified to comment. That’s what you appear to be inferring.

#9
justin heywood1:04 pm, 01 Aug 14

Maya123 said :

Of course, not having a degree, I’m not qualified to comment. That’s what you appear to be inferring.

Sure Maya, we’ve all met uni graduates that are as dumb as a bag of rocks, although a PhD and an Oxford Honours degree indicates that, at the very least, the person has a fairly thoughtful outlook. But these people have also managed to lead large powerful countries. Countries that have more significant experience with this issue than small, comfortable ACT.

So yes, I would certainly give their opinion more weight than Simon’s – unless he’s done much more than his modest resume would indicate.

#10
Maya1231:17 pm, 01 Aug 14

justin heywood said :

Maya123 said :

Of course, not having a degree, I’m not qualified to comment. That’s what you appear to be inferring.

Sure Maya, we’ve all met uni graduates that are as dumb as a bag of rocks, although a PhD and an Oxford Honours degree indicates that, at the very least, the person has a fairly thoughtful outlook. But these people have also managed to lead large powerful countries. Countries that have more significant experience with this issue than small, comfortable ACT.

So yes, I would certainly give their opinion more weight than Simon’s – unless he’s done much more than his modest resume would indicate.

Yes, it does indicate these people know how to get to the top. George Bush got there too.

#11
dungfungus1:19 pm, 01 Aug 14

justin heywood said :

Maya123 said :

Of course, not having a degree, I’m not qualified to comment. That’s what you appear to be inferring.

Sure Maya, we’ve all met uni graduates that are as dumb as a bag of rocks, although a PhD and an Oxford Honours degree indicates that, at the very least, the person has a fairly thoughtful outlook. But these people have also managed to lead large powerful countries. Countries that have more significant experience with this issue than small, comfortable ACT.

So yes, I would certainly give their opinion more weight than Simon’s – unless he’s done much more than his modest resume would indicate.

Well said, Justin.

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