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Sport and Racism in Australia

Sport and Racism in Australia

Research suggests that while racist attitudes have remained strong in Australia over the last 10 years, there has been a considerable reduction in overt racist behaviour, due in part to the development of strong social norms against openly expressing racist views. Such a shift in attitudes is backed up by comprehensive racial discrimination laws administered by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) at a federal level, as well as state and territory anti discrimination commissions. However, the research also indicates that these social norms are not well developed in all areas of Australian life – one such public forum where racism still rears its ugly head is the sporting arena. This article discusses some key examples and makes recommendations to improve sport... Show More


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