On Harmony Day, 21 March 2019, the Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan announced the launch of national consultations with Muslim Australians that will discuss how the community has been affected by the Christchurch attack and other recent events.
“As a successful multicultural society, we should be clear on this: there is no place for racial prejudice, discrimination, intimidation, hatred and violence in our society”.
“I am confident these conversations will lead to the identification of ideas on how to support and empower Muslim-Australian communities.” Commissioner Tan says.
Consultations will be held in each Australian capital city during June and July. The Race Discrimination Commissioner and Australian Human Rights Commission staff will meet with community representatives to ensure that the voices of Muslim-Australian communities are centred in national discussions about Islamophobia, racism and related intolerances in Australia.
Muslim-Australian community members will also be invited to participate in a national survey and share their experiences of hate, violence and negative public commentary and identify how the Muslim-Australian community can be better supported.
More information on the national consultation will be available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/race-discrimination and interested community members can contact the Commission for more information about the survey at firstname.lastname@example.org.