Sydney, Aug. 24 (ANI): Australia's race discrimination commissioner has said that the nation's 'brand' has at times been harmed by outbreaks of racism and there is a poor understanding of the problem in the wider community.
Helen Szoke identified a 'cultural glass ceiling' that hindered certain minority groups from rising up in workplaces.
Before releasing a national anti-racism strategy, Dr Szoke said: We understand sex discrimination much better than we understand racism, and we know far we have got to go with sex discrimination, so that gives you an indication of how far we have to go with racism.
In an interview, Dr Szoke cited the incident in which Indian students were attacked in Victoria as particularly harming Australia's 'brand', the report added.
According to the Age, Dr Szoke said that racism existed in multiple forms in Australia.
People who actually don't experience racism think it's something like riots or violence whereas often racism occurs in quiet places and quiet ways, Szoke said.
According to the report, in a paper outlining the public awareness plan to be brought out over three years, the Australian Human Rights Commission noted that indigenous people are among the ones most vulnerable to racism.
The commission said the experience of people from culturally diverse backgrounds tended to vary, being shaped in large part by their particular histories of migration and settlement.
New arrivals, especially those distinguished by dress and skin colour, were more likely to encounter prejudice than 'settled' migrants, the report said. (ANI)