WHAT IS RACIAL DISCRIMINATION? IS IT DIFFERENT TO RACISM?

Racial discrimination is an extension of racist thoughts or feelings. It is discrimination (i.e. a behaviour or practice) based on a person’s skin colour, cultural heritage or nationality which stops the victim from participating fully in public life. It can take many forms, including exclusion from employment, educational or housing opportunities.

Racial discrimination is illegal in Australia.

You can make a complaint if you have been treated unfairly because of your race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin, or your immigrant status to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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