Newsletter date: 3 August 2015, 7:40pm AEST
* Media Alert: 31/07/15: Joint Statement of Support for Adam Goodes
* Joint Statement: "Australia must and can be better than this" - Joint Statement on racism directed at Adam Goodes
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- Media Alert
Media Alert: 31/07/15: Joint Statement of Support for Adam Goodes
Source: Congress Media <firstname.lastname@example.org> 31 July 2015 at 11:55
Friday 31 July 2:30pm
Redfern Street, Redfern"
"Some of Australia’s largest companies have joined over 150 of Australia’s corporate, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and community organisations to issue a joint statement to call for renewed efforts to stamp out racism in sport and in everyday life.
This afternoon members of this joint group will stand together to not only lend our support to Adam Goodes, an outstanding Australian, but to send an emphatic message that racism in sport and in all other arenas must be stamped out."
2:30pm: National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples co-chair; Close the Gap Campaign co-chair; National Justice Coalition co-chair and Reconciliation Australia Director Kirstie Parker
2:40pm: Australian Human Rights Commission Race Discrimination Minister Dr Tim Soutphommasane
2:50pm: ANTaR National Director Andrew Meehan
3:00pm: Media question time and interviews
Media Contact: Mahala Strohfeldt ... "
- Joint Statement
"Australia must and can be better than this" - Joint Statement on racism directed at Adam Goodes
31 Jul 15: "Following the weekend’s events when prominent Aboriginal AFL player and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes was booed at every turn during the Swans v West Coast Eagles AFL match.
Today in advance of the weekend round of AFL, 150 organisations (listed overleaf) join together to call for renewed efforts to stamp out racism in sport and everyday life.
For too long, we have witnessed the poor treatment of Sydney Swans star and dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes at the hands of fans during AFL matches. A proud Ambassador of the "Racism. It Stops with Me" Campaign, Goodes is a strong advocate for standing up against racism and for issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The booing, which has snowballed out of control this year since Goodes proudly displayed his culture during the AFL Indigenous Round, appears to be in large part racially motivated.
Adam Goodes is an outstanding Australian and should be commended for displaying a culture all Australians should celebrate and be proud of, and for taking a courageous stance against racism. The behaviour of the crowd that booed him is absolutely unacceptable and must stop. ...
For more information or interviews, contact:
Mahala Strohfeldt, Media Manager, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples ...
Angela Dorizas, Australian Human Rights Commission ...
This statement is supported by the following [Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, not-for-profit, community, corporate] organisations: ... "
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