From Black Lives Matter to Invasion Day rallies to the continuing fight to #FreetheRefugees, there is a growing movement in Victoria and around the country demanding justice and equality for First Nations people and people of colour.
Disturbingly, toxic racism, white supremacy and far-right nationalism are also on the rise. In Victoria, Nazis are organising in the open, spreading hatred and fear, and groups like Reclaim Democracy are spreading disinformation and influencing parliamentarians.
‘As a country, we also have not reckoned with the truth about our history of colonisation, dispossession and frontier violence – or with the ongoing harm of entrenched disadvantage that exists for First Nations people to this day.’
Victoria should be a place where everyone has justice and equality.
But we have so much work to do.
We need to rebuild the systems that continue to fail First Nations people.
We need to dismantle white supremacy and stop the spread of hate and division from far-right groups.
And we need to end structural racism that discriminates against people based on the colour of their skin at all levels of society – whether at the workplace or the sports club, or in access to housing, education or healthcare.
The tide of change is coming, but we must act together.
We can unite together to reckon with our past and build a more equal, compassionate and anti-racist future for all of us.
FAR-RIGHT INQUIRY SUBMISSIONS
Earlier this year the Greens helped establish a parliamentary inquiry into the rise of far-right extremism in Victoria, and now that inquiry is open for submissions.
The Parliament is calling on submissions to talk about the rise of far-right extremist movements, their influence and recruitment methods, the threats they pose to Victoria and especially to Victoria’s multicultural communities, how to counter these movements and protect those most affected.
History has shown us how dangerous far-right ideologies can be. We need to protect our community and counter far-right extremism now.
We urge you to make a submission, whether it be one page or one paragraph. Your stories and experiences are important – we need every aspect of this issue included.
Submissions to the inquiry have now closed.