Do you know someone who supports cultural diversity in the local community? Nominate them to be a People of Australia Ambassador:
As part of Australia’s new multicultural policy, the Prime Minister has announced the Australian Multicultural Council will appoint 40 People of Australia Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will champion inclusion and provide ‘grass roots’ input to the Australian Multicultural Council and to Government.
Like all not-for-profit organisations, we’re occasionally asked about how we put our mission into practice. Our mission states that:
We aim to eliminate racist behaviour in Australia through innovative, evidence-based and effective social marketing.
Specifically, people want to know about “social marketing”. We define social marketing as the application of commercial marketing principles, tools and technologies to achieve benefits for society.
“Racism online means that racism in classrooms, workplaces and communities moves from onto our screens into our pockets and handbags.”
— Outgoing Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, addressing the National Press Club yesterday. He said the number of complaints made to the Australian Human Rights Commission about online racism has doubled in the last couple of years.
Thanks to Jennifer Kulas for taking this pic 🙂
A hot topic on our Facebook page over the past week has been “If we are not born racist how do Australians become racist?”. Some of the answers from our Facebook friends include:
* social conditioning
* fear of the unknown
* learning racism from older family members and others in the community
* the media
* Australian history
* lack of leadership