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Race discrimination is treating people unfairly because of their race, which includes their colour, country of birth, ancestry, or nationality. It is also racial discrimination to treat people unfairly because of the race of their relatives, friends or workmates.

Race Discrimination


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Ian Law joined Darren on AchieveAbility to discuss the topic of Race Discrimination. How that relates to members of the community and how to make a complaint through the appropriate channels.

Atkinson v Central Northern Adelaide Health Service [2008] SAEOT 5

In 2005, Mr Atkinson asked to see a doctor at the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service.

The health service said he did not meet the criteria for using this service because it was only for people who were of non-English speaking background, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or under 25 years of age.

Mr Atkinson said he had been discriminated against because of his race and his age.

Apologising to the Stolen Generations


On Wednesday 13 February 2008, I joined with thousands of South Australians in Elder Park, to watch the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, apologise to the Stolen Generations.

Along with many in the crowd, I was moved by the emotional stories of children forcibly removed from their parents, and felt a great sense of pride and relief that Australia was finally acknowledging our past wrongs.

BAE Exemption


On 21 January 2008, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal granted BAE Systems an exemption from the South Australia Equal Opportunity Act 1984 to allow it to discriminate against current and future staff members on the basis of nationality, when considering who should work on projects involving controlled defence material from the United States of America.

Abdulla v Berkeley [2005] SAEOT 2

Mr Abdulla is an Aboriginal elder who does not drink alcohol. He has worked as a drug and alcohol counsellor for a number of organisations, including the Aboriginal Sobriety Group. Mr Abdulla claimed that on New Year’s Eve 2002, he was refused entry to two nightclubs on Hindley Street, a popular entertainment strip in the heart of Adelaide.

Mr Abdulla’s complaint against one hotel was settled privately, however, his complaint against the Berkeley could not be conciliated and the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity referred it to the Tribunal for a hearing.

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