A new report has found that 80% of Australian Muslims have experienced prejudice or discrimination.
- Australian Human Rights Commissioner Chin Tan wants national anti-racism campaigns and workplace programs
- Home Office said it is reviewing the report’s findings and will spend $ 63 million on social cohesion programs
- Almost 65% of those surveyed said they found Australian society welcoming
The overwhelming majority of those interviewed by the Australian Human Rights Commission said they had suffered unfavorable treatment based on religion, race or ethnicity.
Half of those surveyed said they experienced unfavorable treatment when dealing with law enforcement, while 48% said they experienced unfavorable treatment in the workplace or when looking for a job.
Australian Human Rights Commissioner Chin Tan said the investigation was carried out following the Christchurch attacks to better understand the experiences of hatred and violence among Australian Muslims.
“The stories shared by members of the Australian Muslim community for this project made me understand that the underlying currents of religious discrimination, disparagement and hatred that so gruesomely manifested in the attack on Christchurch are not an aberration, âhe said.
“They are consistent with the experiences of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred that are regularly experienced in Australia.”
Threatening phone calls in the workplace
Restaurateur Hana Assafiri said her staff at Morrocan Soup Bar in Melbourne received a threatening Islamophobic phone call after appearing on ABC TV’s Q + A show in recent weeks.
âSomeone called my workplace and said, ‘is that your boss on TV? The one with the hair,'” she said.
âThe women there didn’t know what to say.
“And they [the caller] Said, ‘you fucking Muslims tell him to shut it up and go back to your fucking Muslim house.’ “
Islam was not one of the topics on the program the night she appeared, but Ms. Assafiri’s religion and Middle Eastern heritage have always been used against her.
“Why would you even associate disagreeing with what I have to say with being a Muslim and referring me to – I don’t even know where” back to this Islamic place is? Â», Because this [Australia] is my home. “
Calls for national action against racism
Mr Tan said it was time for Australia to adopt a national anti-racism framework, which would include national education campaigns and programs that employers could offer to their staff.
âIt’s almost like a crime,â he said.
“Can we stop crime? No, but we can do our best to eliminate it and build a better society.”
The ABC interviewed Minister of Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke, about the proposal and referred the inquiries to the Home Office.
A spokesperson for the ministry said the federal government would review the commission’s report and invest $ 63 million in social cohesion programs.
The Human Rights Commission report also states that 63 percent of those polled find Australia to be a welcoming society.
Ms Assafiri said witnessing the relationship between her loyal customers and the many migrant women she employed in her restaurants meant she generally agreed.
âAnytime you find yourself losing heart and frustrated with the reality of reports like this, all you have to do is come to work,â she said.