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Harmful Racial Stereotyping Not Acceptable in Today’s Australia

The Migration Institute of Australia issued a media statement on Friday expressing its concern about the use of racial stereotypes in Australian national media and strongly emphasised the need to protect Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 without amendment.

The Institute was saddened to learn of the death of a young Irish man, Padraig Gaffney, after facing court last week for causing flood damage in a Melbourne hotel. 

Offensive headlines associated with the case using the words ‘Drunk Paddy’, are derogatory and have caused hurt in the Irish community.

“To ridicule, demean and shame a man so viciously because of his ethnicity, simply because he made a mistake, is irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour in a civilised society,” said MIA National President, Ms Angela Chan FMIA.

This case highlights why the current amendments proposed to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 will disenfranchise the very people originally intended to be protected under the Act and the need for the national media to refrain from negative and harmful racial stereotyping.

For the full MIA press release, please see here.