In the quad of Sydney University, where as a student Graeme Innes first began advocating for human rights, Innes sits down with Rachel & Ben to reflect on his past eight and a half years as Commissioner.
Graeme Innes, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner expresses his concern for the sector after seeing funding steadily slow to a trickle since the mid 90’s. Innes’s position has been cut due the recent funding changes from the Government’s 2014-15 budget.
Innes says that the decision not to fill his position is a worrying sign of more to come and thinks, ‘there is significant chance we might see the gradual disappearance of portfolio commissioners.’
Portfolio positions can become public advocators for their sector & can communicate the lived experience of those they are representing. Innes says this is crucial when it comes down to advocating on particular policies, such as the NDIS.
Are we racist without even realising it? Do our brains unconsciously hold racist views? Neil Levy from the Florey Institute answers yes.
Levy chats with Evelyn to explain the neuroscience behind racism and how we can come to hold explicit & implicit racist beliefs.
Through conditioning and our surroundings, human brains naturally categorise & stereotype, often leading to unconscious discriminatory bias. You can test your brain’s implicitly held views by taking this test.
don’t panic just yet, Levy explains how affirmative action & questioning our unconscious decisions can easily put your brain’s implicit views back in step with your conscience.
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