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ADCQ gets behind National Anti-Racism Stratregy

Session participants at tableNational Anti-Racism Partnership consultation in Brisbane
Photo by ADCQ
The ADCQ partnered with the Australian Human Rights Commission in April to host well attended public consultation sessions in Townsville and Brisbane to hear views on how racism affects the community and what we should be doing about it.

The National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy aims to promote a clear understanding in the Australian community of what racism is, and how it can be prevented and reduced.

The consultation process aims to build on existing good practice, empower communities and individuals to take action to prevent and reduce racism, and to seek redress when it occurs.

Community concern about racism in sport prompted the ADCQ to engage with the Queensland Rugby League about taking a coordinated, zero-tolerance approach to racism in the code, beginning with the finals in this year's State of Origin series in Brisbane.

Messages were displayed on the stadium screens periodically during the match, informing the crowd that racism in any form will not be tolerated. The advice also includes a phone number patrons can call to report incidents of racial abuse.Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Szoke and the Partnership have been engaging with national sporting bodies, including the NRL and AFL to identify champions who will endorse the Strategy at the time of its