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.