While Australia seems to embrace a diverse culture, Australians are becoming “more racist,” a survey has revealed. The report stated that the number of Australians having a racist attitude towards Aboriginal population is gradually increasing. Indigenous people face racism thrice more than that suffered by non-Indigenous people across the nation.
Australian Reconciliation Barometer released the report on Thursday and stated the details of the results found. The figures have revealed that the racist events in Australia have increased hugely in 2016 as compared to 2014. The regulator determines the attitudes of nationals towards race and various communities. The Australian organization aims at promoting and facilitating “reconciliation between the wider Australian community and those of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island background.”
During the survey, it was found that around 57 percent of the Aboriginal population, as well as 39 percent of the general population, believed that Australia has become more racist to live in. Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed said that the results were surprising. He mentioned the reconciliation beginning in 2008 when then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd expressed his apology to the “Stolen Generations.”
“Our findings show that in the six months prior to the survey, 46 percent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, experienced at least one form of racial prejudice,” the CEO said in a statement. “This is up from 39 percent in 2014 and is two and a half times higher than an Australian from the general community, of whom only 18 percent had had such experiences. What we’re seeing since the first survey in 2008, just after the National Apology to Stolen Generations, is that whilst we’ve maintained a lot of goodwill, we aren’t moving fast enough on issues of racism and trust.”
Reconciliation is Important For a “More Racist” Australia
Australians, according to the survey, believe that reconciliation is important and also possible. While a majority of the Australian population have responded positive to the increasing racist attitude of the nation, the nationals also believe that settlement between the diverse populations can be achieved. The result revealed that 93 percent of Indigenous people and 77 percent of the general community felt that the identity of Australia is incomplete without Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Though Mohamed was glad to see the Aussies wanted to stay “united as a nation,” he specified the institutional barriers that still existed against reconciliation. “Attempts to weaken legal protections under the Racial Discrimination Act are ongoing; Australia is yet to implement its international obligations under the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Australian constitution still allows for racial discrimination in our nation’s founding document,” he said as quoted by the ABC. “The reality is that unless goodwill is followed through with significant reform at an institutional level, Australia will continue to fall short of its full potential as a reconciled nation.”