Discrimination In Australia Essay

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Australia is classed as a multicultural society consisting of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. After World War Two there was an influx of Greek and Italian people settling in Australia. The end of the Vietnam War saw an increase in the population by displaced Vietnamese people. In recent times, displaced persons arriving and settling in Australia are from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and African nations including Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan. Each of these population groups brings their own cultural and linguistic attributes to Australia. Also included in the broad sense of Culturally and Linguistic Diverse communities are Indigenous peoples and those with a disability. Culture is the beliefs, values, knowledge and …show more content…
Prejudice is when there are preconceived ideas held, often adversely about a particular group and are held even though there is evidence to the contrary. Discrimination is the unjust or biased treatment of others based on their race, age, religion or sex. Oppression is the unjust abuse of power which often includes harm, violence or mistreatment. There are five types of oppression: marginalization, cultural dominance, violence, powerlessness and exploitation. It only needs one of these components to be classed as oppression. Refugees, asylum seekers or displaced persons face prejudice and discrimination, people with a disability face prejudice and discrimination whilst indigenous peoples face prejudice, discrimination and …show more content…
The assimilation of indigenous people has resulted in a reduction in practice of individual mobs cultures and languages. With mainstream society dominating our welfare, education and health systems, through assimilation there is the risk that indigenous peoples will lose their identity as a people. Baber wrote that assimilation was mainstream dominance absorbing the minority group in this case indigenous Australians, with the mainstream culture prevailing. As human service practitioners we must use practices that are supportive of the beliefs of indigenous peoples. A strategy to ensure the cultural continuity would be to ensure that family is included when determining interventions. 116

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