Jon Altman and Hilary Charlesworth have contributed papers to this collection of papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Conference.
The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary year of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). It has been an important opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved in race relations since the Act’s inception, and on what remains to be achieved.
This publication brings together a selection of papers presented at a conference held on 19 and 20 February 2015 to mark the occasion. The conference brought together leading scholars and experts in human rights, public law and multiculturalism – with more than 100 people attending sessions on each of the two days. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove also delivered a special address to the conference.
The papers in this publication reflect the major themes explored in February: the Act’s history and impact, the question of racial vilification and free speech, emergent challenges concerning cyber racism, the relationship between race and religion, systemic outcomes and the law, and the Act’s ability to protect Indigenous Australians against racial discrimination.
Cite the publication as
Altman, Jon and Shelley Bielefeld. 2015. ‘Australia’s first peoples: still struggling for protection against racial discrimination’. In Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: Papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Conference, August 2015, 196-206. Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission.
Charlesworth, Hilary. 2015. ‘Translating the International Convention on Racial Discrimination into Australian law’. In Perspectives on the Racial Discrimination Act: Papers from the 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 Conference, August 2015, 55-65. Sydney: Australian Human Rights Commission.