26 June 2014
Announcement of campaign support
The National Australia Day Council (NADC) is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the “Racism. It stops with me” campaign.
The NADC has committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities over the next three years in support of the campaign.
The NADC Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Lasek says “the NADC prides itself on being an organisation which embraces and celebrates the many cultures which make up our nation.
“Our vision is to lead by example through our actions, to demonstrate how true reconciliation can happen between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader community. Our aim for Australia Day each year is for a totally inclusive day where everyone can celebrate and mourn at the same time. We can honour all that is great about Australia and being Australian, remember the sufferings of the past, and commit to building a more cohesive and inclusive nation,” Mr Lasek said
Research from 2011 shows that one in seven Australians say they experienced discrimination because of their colour or background. This figure that has been increasing steadily in recent years.
Research has also shown that 70 percent of people agree that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people are prejudiced against each other.
“We strongly support ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ and it connects closely to our 2014-2016 Reconciliation Action Plan. ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ is currently being championed by the 2014 Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes,” said Mr Lasek.
The national “Racism. It stops with me” campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, has been developed by a partnership of government and non-government agencies and will run until 2015.
For more information about the campaign go to: http://itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au/
Or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.