Casual racism: what is it and what can we do about it?

What is casual racism and what can we do about it? 
The SUPIR Lab invites you to join the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, on Thursday 16 October from 5pm to 6pm at the Australian Human Rights Commission for a RightsTalk about casual racism.

“We all know that racism can take an ugly form. But what about those situations where low-level prejudice and discrimination occur?” asks Dr Soutphommasane.

“Does it matter if someone doesn’t intend to cause offence or hurt? And what effect may casual racism have on community relations?”

Dr Soutphommasane will be joined by RightsTalk panel members Hakan Harman, who is the chief executive officer at Multicultural NSW; Mariam Veiszadeh, who is a lawyer, community activist and founder of the Islamophobia Register; and His Excellency Noel White, Ambassador of Ireland.

The panel discussion will be available on YouTube, via a link posted on

Mr Harman was appointed chief executive of Multicultural NSW in January 2014 and has since led the development of a new vision for cultural diversity in NSW.
Immediately prior to taking up his post as Ireland’s Ambassador to Australia, Mr White was the Director of Press and Information at Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ms Veiszadeh has established herself as one of most energetic and resourceful young leaders of the Australian Muslim community. Her advocacy has attracted the support of senior politicians, journalists, decision makers and other Australians who have become strong supporters of the rights of Muslims living in Australia. 
Register here for this free event.


Symposium: Racism and the health and wellbeing of children and youth – Understanding impacts, finding solutions.

The Lowitja Institute has announced that it will be holding a symposium on racism and child and youth health between the 26-27 of June in Melbourne. All are welcome to attend.

This symposium aims to create discussion and action across policy, practice, research and community contexts to:

  • Raise awareness and advance understanding of how racism continues to adversely affect the lives of children and youth;
  • Develop long term strategies to prevent racism and support those children and young people impacted by its negative effects.

More program details and registration will be available in early May. For more information click here or please contact Hannah Reich.