Racial hatred boosts Commissionís workThe Australian Human Rights Commission has revealed that the majority of complaints lodged with it in the past financial year were under the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
The Commission’s annual report shows that of the 2,177 complaints lodged with the Commission during the year, 500 complaints (23 per cent) were made under the RDA and a further 793 complaints (37 per cent) were made under the DDA.
The report states that racial hatred was cited in 192 of the RDA complaints, representing a 59 per cent increase over the previous year, when 121 complaints were made on this ground.
“A large quantity of the racial hatred complaints relate to material on the internet. Alleged cyber-racism accounted for 41 per cent of racial hatred complaints,” the report states.
“This is a significant increase from the previous year where only 17 per cent of racial hatred complaints related to internet material. The increase is from 22 complaints to 79 complaints.”
The Commission said it received a further 417 complaints under the Sex Discrimination Act, 310 complaints under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act, and 157 complaints under the Age Discrimination Act.
It said the 57.5 per cent of complaints under the Age Discrimination Act related to employment.
The Commission said it successfully resolved more than 1,079 complaints through its conciliation process.
The report listed a number of key achievements, including the Commission’s review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force; the roll-out of national campaigns targeting racism and bullying; initiatives to encourage business to hire older Australians and increased awareness of the rights of children and asylum seekers.
It said that in May, representatives from the Commission and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples presented a historic joint statement to the United Nations, confirming Australia’s support for the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The report can be found at this PS News link.
Edition 386, 5 November 2013