The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is calling on all Victorians to take a stand against racism and discrimination in the community.
Misleading claims of an African gang crisis in Victoria – refuted by the Chief Commissioner of Police - have already spurred race-based hate and threats towards African Victorians.
“Victoria is an inclusive and diverse state. We know that a society free from racism and discrimination is better able to tackle complex issues such as anti-social and criminal behaviour.
“Leaders across sectors – especially in government and the media – have an important role in championing the positive values of diversity and equality,” said Commissioner Kristen Hilton.
“The leadership of Victoria Police in establishing an African-Australian community taskforce, which will include addressing racial vilification and hate crime, is a positive step.
“Victoria has strong anti-discrimination protections. Racial vilification and discrimination are not only harmful, they are against the law.
“We encourage all Victorians to know their rights and responsibilities and to take a stand against racism wherever they see it,” said Commissioner Hilton.
If you have experienced racial vilification or discrimination you can contact us for information or to make a complaint: 1300 292 153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more from the Commission about how to respond to incidents of racism or racist practices and systems: www.antihate.vic.gov.au.
Mobile: 0447 526 642