Anti-racism stance backed

The campaign seeks to prevent and reduce racism, with Fremantle among national community groups, local governments, businesses and sporting groups supporting it.

Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson said it was an important issue for a multicultural city such as the port city. ‘Fremantle is a diverse, outward looking and multicultural city and we continue to welcome people from all over the world as both newcomers and visitors,’ he said.

‘The city and council has a significant record of advocacy and leadership when it comes to issues of equity and social justice and that’s why the council was very happy to support the initiative that seeks to address and reduce racial discrimination.’

Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs said she was pleased with the response to the campaign. ‘While it is important to have a national co-ordinated effort towards reducing racism, we must also remember that racism can manifest in different ways depending on the context,’ she said.

‘Racism has serious consequences for both individuals and the Australian community and can affect people’s physical and mental health.

‘It is unlikely that we will ever totally eradicate racism but it is extremely important that we show strong leadership in trying to reduce it.’