Racial discrimination one of top issues facing Australia today - new report
Mission Australia yesterday released a report revealing that racial discrimination was one of the most significant issues concerning young people in Australia.
The biggest survey of its kind, the Mission Australia Youth Survey 2016 showed that for the record number of 22,000 15 to 19 year olds who took part, alcohol and drugs and equity and discrimination were the top two issues facing Australia today.
Worryingly, the report shows one in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people reported experiencing discrimination on the basis of race or cultural background. Half the young people surveyed had witnessed someone else being unfairly treated or discriminated against in the last twelve months. The discrimination they witnessed was most commonly on the basis of race/cultural background (58%) and sexuality (41%).