80% of Australian Muslims have experienced discrimination: survey
An Australian Human Rights Commission survey has found damning evidence of discrimination against Muslims in Australia.
The Commission’s Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims project found that almost 80% of those surveyed had experienced some form of unfavourable treatment due to their religion, race or ethnicity.
Further, 23% said that they felt unable to speak up when they or someone they knew experienced discrimination.
The Commission said that the study highlighted the importance of anti-racism and anti-discrimination strategies to deliver “systemic change for the future”.
“The report highlights community-identified solutions to the challenges raised in connection to each of its themes,” the Commission said.
Despite these negative findings, the report indicated that 63% of those surveyed found that Australia was generally a “welcoming society”. Further, 74% identified with being “Australian”.