Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Giulia Jones today established an inquiry into racism in the ACT. The inquiry, which will be conducted by the Legislative Assembly’s Education and Community Inclusion Committee, will begin immediately.
The inquiry will invite confidential submissions from victims of racist attacks in the ACT, and those who witness it, and seek the input of the Human Rights Commission and ACT Policing.
Mrs Jones has written to the Human Rights Commissioner highlighting concerns multicultural community leaders had about current reporting procedures
“It is good that, today, racism is an issue that is far more important that party politics,” Mrs Jones said.
“Representatives of our multicultural communities have said that there has been an increase in the number of serious verbal racist attacks during lockdown.
“The unfortunate reality is that they do not know what to do if they become victims of racist attacks.
“This inquiry will look at all aspects of the existing legal framework and reporting mechanism to counter racism in Canberra.
“I've been meeting with multicultural groups about this issue for several weeks and none have any information on the formal mechanisms that are available to help.
“There are clearly problems with reporting mechanisms, and we hope that the committee's inquriy will be able to clarify these processes and help stamp out racism in our City," Mrs Jones concluded.