ACT Labor-Greens Government must provide a seamless reporting mechanism for racism


Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Giulia Jones is calling on the ACT Government to provide a coordinated approach to the reporting of racist abuse in the ACT Community.

Mrs Jones today sent a letter to the Human Rights Commissioner seeking a meeting to discuss difficulties in the current reporting process for racism.

The letter was endorsed by the following Canberrans:

  • Vikas Sharma, ACT Desi and person who has experienced public racism in Canberra
  • Vincent Chen, Folks Gallery Café, Dickson and person who has experienced public racism in Canberra
  • Chin Wong, President, and Multicultural Forum Chairperson and ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc.
  • Diana Abdel-Rahman OAM, President, Australian Muslim Voice Inc.
  • Victor Marillanca, President, Alianza Cultural Latino Americana (ACLA) Inc.
  • Sandipan Mitra, Chairman, India Australia Association of Canberra; winner of the ACT government Diversion and Inclusion Award for 2021
  • Dr Yvette Poudjom Djomani, African-Australian Council President
  • Marial Kot, President, Republic of South Sudan-Australian Community Association ACT (RSSACA) Inc
  • Sam Wong AM, Honorary Ambassador for Canberra
  • Amardeep Singh, community activist and Canberra Multicultural Services Radio announcer

The letter raises concerns about a lack of knowledge in the community about exactly how people can report incidents of racism.

“Some people in our community are suffering occasional, but very personally distressing and damaging attacks, based on their race or ethnic background,” Mrs Jones said

“The COVID-19 lockdown has affected all Canberrans, but it’s important we continue to be respectful to one another.

“We invite the Commissioner to meet with us as soon as possible — via Zoom if need be — to start a collaborative conversation to resolve this issue,” Mrs Jones concluded.