July 20, 2019


The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission is reaching out to Muslims and Africans.

Its new project, ‘Reducing Racism’, makes it ‘easier for them to report racism’. Local councils can sign up to the project which includes educational materials, such as weepy videos of Africans complaining about their treatment in Australia, and most importantly a ‘reporting tool’.

The ‘education materials’ are produced “…In collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Commemorative Day Committee”, so you know that it’s totally relevant to the Australian experience. We especially admire this touch since Nelson Mandela is like the Colonel Sanders of Anti-Racism, and we could easily imagine his face gracing the packaging of a family-size bucket of fried chicken.

Duncan Fair reports:

The Victorian Human Rights Commission, in the interests of creating more mindless busy work for its underworked and overpaid bureaucrats, has developed another useless online tool by which they hope to fight racism.

In partnership with several city councils, the commission has rolled out an online form for members of the Sudanese and Muslim communities to anonymously report incidents of discrimination or abuse in their local area.

Headlined by tabloid talk radio station 3AW as a “Dob in a Racist” program the commissioner, Kristen Hilton was this week grilled on air by presenter Neil Mitchell.

The upshot of her interview was that the paltry 188 reports of racial discrimination received by the commission in 2018 were just the tip of the iceberg and that reports had jumped by 70% from the previous year; so, in a state with a population of about five million people in 2017 there were approximately 50 reports of racism.

Note also that, to the best of our knowledge, there were no prosecutions for racially aggravated crimes over the 2017-2018 period, so precisely zero per cent of the information collected by the VHRC had any evidentiary value; one wonders what possible use a new reporting regime backed by local government would be.

Are we to understand that the first port of call for people experiencing discrimination or abuse should be the council website as opposed to, say, consumer affairs, the police or whatever relevant regulatory body covers the source of the transgression against a member of a specially protected group?

The VHRC website explains the initiative a little more thoroughly via a wall of text and a few pretty vaguely worded videos featuring some young Sudanese community advocates; the point of the exercise seems to be to empower those belonging to state-backed minorities to become local spokespeople for their ethnic groups.

By crikey, if any more Sudanese and Muslim people are appointed to government-run boards and given the equivalent of milk monitor responsibilities those communities should basically be in full employment in perpetuity.

See back in the 1970’s when I was in primary school the canny principal took all the hyperactive, emotionally disturbed boys under his wing and gave them little jobs to do around the school to keep them out of trouble, to boost their self-esteem and to reduce the ill-feeling directed toward them by the other kids and their parents.

Flash forward to the late 80’s and I was living in a large regional town where the council applied the same principle to an annoying cadre of halfwits and mental cases who would turn up to every local event and annoy people; by making them ushers and allowing them to think that they had some responsibilities the organisers kept them distracted and out of the way.

The VHRC racism initiatives are the equivalent of a sheriff pinning a tin star on the town drunk and making him an honorary deputy; he still smells terrible and soils himself in public, but in his mind, he is now “somebody”.

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