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Our complaint to ACMA about A Current Affair story

All Together Now is pleased with Australian and Communication Media Authority’s (ACMA) decision announced today that the “All-Asian Mall” story aired on a A Current Affair breached the Commercial TV Industry Code of Practice.

In November 2012 All Together Now sought an explanation by Channel 9 as to how the segment was allowed to air. All Together Now believed that the story did not portray Asian people in a respectful and unbiased way and that it contravened the Code.

After an unsatisfactory response from Channel 9, All Together Now contacted ACMA to investigate further. ACMA this morning sent us a 45-page investigation report. It found that:

Channel Nine’s A Current Affair has breached three clauses of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice in a broadcast which:

  • contained inaccurate factual material (clause 4.3.1)
  • placed a gratuitous emphasis on ethnic origin (clause 4.3.10)
  • was likely to provoke intense dislike and serious contempt on the grounds of ethnic origin (clause 1.9.6).

ACMA recommended that Channel Nine make a public statement acknowledging the findings and that it remove the segment from Channel Nine’s website.All Together Now is pleased that Channel Nine has agreed to both of these remedies, with the public statement expected to be aired during A Current Affair tonight.

This will be the first time a commercial tabloid current affairs program has agreed to issue such an on-air statement.

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We’re recruiting!

All Together Now was recently awarded funding from the Attorney General’s Department for our EXIT project.

We are recruiting several roles to manage this project. These roles are casual part-time and will finish at the end of June 2014.

As with all our positions, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders are strongly encouraged to apply.

Project Manager

All Together Now’s Project Manager on the Exit project is responsible for delivering the project in line with the funding agreement, including managing the project staff, budget and timeline. The Project Manager reports to the Managing Director.

This is a casual paid position from October 2013 – June 2014 for two days/week. Work may be done from home and All Together Now’s office in Chippendale (Sydney), with applicants who are able to work from our office in Sydney a minimum of 1 day/week preferred. This position will be paid a gross salary of $60,000 pro rata, which is inclusive of 9.5% Superannuation.

Applications close 9am Monday 9 September 2013.  Download the position description for the Project Manager (PDF).

Counsellor

The Counsellor is responsible for facilitating this project’s Facebook conversations, and writing content for the website and front-line practitioners. The Counsellor reports to the Project Manager.

This is a casual paid position from October 2013 – June 2014 with expected hours of 1½ days/week. Hours are flexible, however you will be required to work from home for around 2-3 hours every second Wednesday evening to facilitate the Facebook discussion. Work may be done from home and/or All Together Now’s office in Chippendale (Sydney), however we will consider applications from applicants with an Australian work permit who live elsewhere in Australia. This position will be paid a gross salary of $60,000 pro rata, which is inclusive of 9.5% Superannuation.

Applications close 9am Wednesday 18 September 2013. Download the position description for the Counsellor (PDF).

Communications Coordinator

All Together Now’s Communications Coordinator on the Exit project is responsible for implementing the marketing strategy for this project, including managing social media, advertising and media enquiries. The Communications Coordinator reports to the Project Manager.

This is a casual paid position from October 2013 – June 2014 with expected hours of half a day/week. Work may be done from home and/or All Together Now’s office in Chippendale (Sydney). This position will be paid a gross salary of $60,000 pro rata, which is inclusive of 9.5% Superannuation.

Applications close 9am Wednesday 18 September 2013. Download the position description for the Communications Coordinator (PDF).

Racism in Australia – August 2013

One Parramatta project wins Jim Samios Memorial Award

All Together Now’s One Parramatta project has been awarded two Building Inclusive Communities Awards!

One Parramatta is a joint winner in the non-government organisation category alongside Lakemba Neighbourhood Centre Project at Canterbury City Community Centre, and is also the overall winner of the 2013 awards taking out the Jim Samios Memorial Award. The awards were presented by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell.

The Building Inclusive Communities Awards recognise and showcase individuals and groups in New South Wales whose work promotes harmony and understanding of others, and makes a significant contribution in helping to build a diverse and tolerant Australia.

Naturally our team is incredibly honoured and excited to win these two awards! One Parramatta is a unique and ambitious project to reduce racism and has proven results. Due to this recognition of our work, we hope that more businesses and councils come on board and work with us to promote the prevention of racism in Australia.

Remi Luxford, Delphine Vuagnoux and Monty Noble - some of the key people from the One Parramatta project - are presented the Jim Samios Memoral Award by NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell.

Remi Luxford, Delphine Vuagnoux and Monty Noble – some of the key people from the One Parramatta project – are presented the Jim Samios Memoral Award by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell. Photographer: Effy Alexakis.

Australian school tackles racism

Last week we spoke with Al Jazeera English about our One Parramatta project as part of their story on tackling racism in Western Sydney. The video below demonstrates how one Australian school tackles racism:

If the video does not appear it means you do not have Flash installed, but you can also watch the interviews on Al Jazeera’s website.

Welcome Bruce Djite – our new ambassador

Welcome to our new ambassador, Bruce Djite, Australian professional footballer who currently plays for Hyundai A-League club Adelaide United.

All Together Now is proud to welcome Bruce as a new ambassador in its fight to erasing racism in Australia. Racism happens regularly in sport in general and in football in particular – in Europe, FIFA has taken serious actions to try to prevent it from happening.

Born in Washington D.C. (US), Bruce moved to Sydney when he was three years old. His father, a renowned Professor at the University of Western Sydney, was born in Ivory Coast and his mother in Togo. Coming from a multilingual family and being a rising star in the soccer world, Bruce decided to support All Together Now to take a stand against racism.

“Racism is an issue that I am very passionate about. It’s important for myself to speak out about racism and try to educate people on the immeasurable benefits diversity and multiculturalism bring to our society.”

Bruce has represented the Australian national team (Socceroos) on nine occasions playing in Asian Cup and World Cup qualifiers. He’s also played abroad for clubs in Turkey and China. He currently plays in the A-League for Adelaide United F.C. and has played in three AFC Champions League campaigns with the club.

“Whether it be in the workplace, the community, one’s family or just amongst friends, I hope to bring more awareness to All Together Now and hopefully together, we can all make a difference and have a positive impact on society by eradicating racism.”