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Anti-racism campaign announced

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Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600--------Telephone (06) 277 7860; Facsimile (06) 273 4144

MPS 52/96

Anti-racism campaign announced

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, today announced the Government would provide $5 million for an anti-racism education campaign in 1996-97.

"As the campaign develops during the year, the Government will review progress and will consider in a Budget context the possibility o f further action to build on the momentum created in 1996-97," Mr Ruddock said.

"The community awareness campaign will focus on the message that racism is abhorrent and un-Australian. It will include programmes covering schools, work places, sporting organisations and the general community.

"As a unique and successful multicultural society, Australia has been fortunate to be comparatively free o f the more virulent forms o f racism. But we cannot afford to be complacent, and increasing community awareness through education is our best viable long-term approach.

"This fits our vision o f Australia as a country whose people are united by the common cause o f commitment to Australia."

The campaign will include consideration of:

□ strategies to assist schools to create safe and supportive environments and to incorporate anti-racism awareness across school communities; □ support structures and resources to enable community workers and leaders to help local people reduce and resolve racial incidents; and □ strategies to address the lack o f understanding about migrant communities in Australia that

exists in sections o f the community, including the media.

"There is a wealth o f material in existence, as well as expertise in the field o f racism, upon which we can draw. Early community consultations will also form part o f the development o f the campaign," Mr Ruddock said.

"The Government is strongly committed to prevention o f racism. Our record o f actively addressing racism has not wavered since we led the way in abolishing the White Australia policy, and this new campaign reinforces our continuing commitment."

Canberra, 20 August 1996

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