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Campaign takes a stand against racism in South Australia

This week marks the one year anniversary of South Australia signing up to the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign, as part of World Human Rights Day celebrations.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Ian Hunter said the campaign invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to oppose racism wherever it occurs.

“Supporting the elimination of racism is a priority for the State Government and I’m proud that South Australians have embraced the campaign,” Mr Hunter said.

“Today is World Human Rights Day and this is an important opportunity to raise awareness about the basic human right to live free from racism.”

The Racism. It Stops With Me campaign aims to:

– ensure more Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable in our community.

– give more Australians the tools and resources to take practical action against racism.

– empower individuals and organisations to prevent and respond effectively to racism.

Mr Hunter said racism remains an issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“We are fortunate that South Australia is home to the world’s oldest living culture, and yet, research shows that many of our Aboriginal citizens regularly experience racial discrimination.

“Aboriginal people often tell me that they’ve experienced racism. It continues to exist in both overt and subtle forms and each of us has the power to choose whether we condone such intolerant attitudes or actively fight against them.

“The Government is leading by example in taking action to change the attitudes and behaviours that unfortunately still exist in certain sectors.

“Since signing up to the campaign, new and refreshed State Government agency

Reconciliation Action Plans have been launched, including specific activities to address racism in the public sector.

“The Government will continue to stand up and oppose racism wherever it occurs and I urge all South Australians to do likewise.”

Source: Minister Ian Hunter, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation,Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation

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