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** Why does the world think Australia is racist? **

When an Australian girl posted photographs of her 'African'-themed party on
Facebook, commenters said it was typical of attitudes to race in our
country. Can they be right?

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Indigenous Australians watch TV in Utopia, AustraliaIndigenous Australians
watch TV in Utopia, Australia. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images AsiaPac

An unknown Australian girl decides to host an "African"-themed

Source: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/25/why-does-the-world-think-australia-is-racist

Racism in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Racism in Australia **

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Australia today is a multiethnic society and the product of more than two
centuries of immigration. Laws forbid racial and other forms of
discrimination and protect freedom of religion. Demographic analysis
indicates a high level of inter-ethnic marriage: according to the 2006
Australian Census, a majority of Indigenous Australians partnered with
non-indigenous Australians, and a majority of third generation Australians
of non-English-speaking background had partnered with persons of different
ethnic origin (the majority partnered with persons of Australian or
Anglo-Celtic background, which constitutes the majority ethnic grouping in
Australia).^[1] In 2009, about 25.6 per cent of the estimated resident
population of Australia comprised those born overseas.^[2] Nevertheless,
there have been both historical and contemporary incidents of *racism in

For around 50,000 years, prior to the arrival of British Settlers in 1788,
Australia was occupied exclusively by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples. Post-1788, the British Empire applied the European legal precept
of Terra Nullius to the Australian continent and imposed political and
economic control of it in the lead up to the 1901 foundation of the
independent Commonwealth of Australia. Despite theoretical notions of
equality contained within British law, Government policy and public opinion
in colonial times and the early decades of Federation often treated
Aboriginal people as inferior.

Initially, indigenous Australians were in most states deprived of the
rights of full citizenship of the new nation on grounds of their race and
restrictive immigration laws were introduced to preference "white" European
immigrants to Australia. Discriminatory laws against indigenous people and
multiethnic immigration were dismantled in the early decades of the Post
War period. A 1967 Referendum regarding Aboriginal rights was carried

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Australia

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