ANDREW GILES MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES AND URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
MEMBER FOR SCULLIN
The latest Mapping Social Cohesion report by the Scanlon Foundation shows a rising concern about racism in the Australian community.
37 percent of Australian-born respondents and 59 percent of Asian-born respondents expressed concern that racism was a growing problem in Australia. Disturbingly, 22 per cent of Chinese Australian respondents reported they had experienced discrimination more often since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising concerns about racism, requires action and consistent leadership.
Labor continues to call on the Morrison Government to tackle racism by committing to a national anti-racism strategy.
This year the Scanlon report undertook two surveys - carried out in July and November 2021 consisting of more than 140 questions on community attitudes and social cohesion.
Starting in 2007, the Mapping Social Cohesion reports provide a series of valuable longitudinal surveys on attitudes to social cohesion, immigration and population issues.
The report also found that 49 per cent of people surveyed said they held 'very negative' or 'somewhat negative' feelings towards people of Iraqi and Sudanese backgrounds in
Australia, while 47 per cent had negative feelings towards Chinese Australians.
Also of considerable concern is evidence of discrimination toward faith groups, particularly towards the Muslim community, 37 percent of people said they have negative or very negative view of Muslims. This must be addressed as a matter of urgency.
Encouragingly, 84 per cent of respondents agreed multiculturalism has been good for Australia - up from 80 per cent the year before.
Labor believes that multiculturalism is one of Australia's greatest achievements. However, this report demonstrates that we can't take our success for granted.
We need leadership that brings Australians together, not divides us.