Is Your Brain Racist? Neuroethics with Neil Levy // Graeme Innes Reflects on Years as Commissioner // Right Now Radio

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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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Want to know more about something you heard in the podcast? Follow the links:

High Court case deems Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to cap protection visas invalid.

Muckaty Creek Case.

Graeme Innes Press Club address : 2 July.

Neil Levy – Are you racist?  You may be without even knowing it.

Project Implicit, Implicit Association Tests.

Manie Bosman, Your racist brain: The Neuroscience of Conditioned Racism.

Burundian Independence Day.

NAIDOC events.

Castan Centre Conference 2014.


Review – Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia

By Georgia Cerni

Sophie Cousins’ book Renewal: Five Paths to a Fairer Australia is, in many respects, a proposal. For Cousins, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Australians with an opportunity to reconsider the ways our society currently functions. Cousins aptly makes her case – while in some ways the pandemic reinforced burgeoning inequalities, it also presented us the chance to apply collectivist values to solve systemic problems.