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‘Tokenised, silenced’: new research reveals Indigenous public servants’ experiences of racism

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The Morrison government has just announced a plan to boost the number of Indigenous Australians in the top ranks of the Australian Public Service.

The plan may be well-intentioned, but it is also one in a long line of attempts to boost Indigenous employment in the public service. New research shows how racism pervades the public service - one of the most important and powerful structures in the country.

The public service can develop numerous strategies, but these will mean nothing unless the public service invests in robust, anti-racist and Indigenous-led strategies.

If Australians really want to acknowledge the existence of systemic racism in this country, it is time to listen to the voices of Indigenous Australians and learn. Australians also need to understand that racism is not a single event – it is embedded in all Australian systems, institutions and workplaces. Indigenous Australians experience racism every day in every way.

Read the full article at The Conversation.

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