What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 19 – 25 December 2022

Australia: People Of African Descent Living Under Siege Of Racism, Say UN Experts

African people in Australia are exposed to many forms of racial discrimination, xenophobia and systemic racism. This exists in all white dominated spaces in Australia. A group of UN experts came to Australia for an official 10-day visit and expressed serious concern for the treatment of people of African descent in Australia. There is a strong prevalence of racial profiling, slurs, abuse of authority, over policing, under protection, targeting and violence. This contradicts the image Australia likes to paint of itself as an inclusive multicultural country. In particular, South Sudanese people were discriminated against at disproportionate rates. The experts also examined Australia’s approach to refugee affairs and the use of indefinite detention and abuse of human rights.

Discrimination Still An Issue For Migrants, Despite Growing Support For Multiculturalism

The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute in Melbourne has conducted research into discrimination against people from different immigrant backgrounds. The project mapped social cohesion and prejudice towards immigrants, showing prejudice remains a big issue in Australia. One in six participants in the survey reported experiences of discrimination based on their skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. ANU demographer, James O’Donnell, was the primary researcher on the project. They noted that while discrimination remains an issue, the support for diversity and multiculturalism is increasing.

Regulations On Psychosocial Hazards Now In Place

The new Work Health and Safety regulations are now in force and will formally impose a duty on employers to manage the risk of psychosocial hazards in the workplace. The regulations are part of the WA Government’s response to the ‘Enough is Enough, sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry’ report. The Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations noted that the Commission for Occupational Health and Safety has released various codes of practice. These codes give guidance on the new laws.