Aussie stars unite to stamp out racism

Rugby League stars Greg Inglis, Timana Tahu and Cameron Smith with the support of all NRL Indigenous players have taken a lead with The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me campaign and the Play by the Rules program have partnered to produce a powerful new TV Community Service Announcement (CSA) for sporting organisations to play at their events and to promote on their websites and through their social media forums.

“The TV CSA (and several radio CSAs) will be broadcast nationally until the start of August and will also be available on the Australian Human Rights Commission and Play by the Rules YouTube channels and websites,” said the Commission’s federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Play by the Rules Co-Chair, Graeme Innes.

The TV CSA features an all-star cast of Australia’s best known sporting heroes including; Inglis, Smith and Tahu along with Adam Goodes (AFL) Sally Pearson (athletics), Liz Cambage (basketball),Peter Siddle (cricket), Mo'onia Gerrard (netball), Archie Thompson (football/soccer), Drew Mitchell (rugby union) and Nick Maxwell (AFL) and some grassroots athletes of different ages and backgrounds. They reinforce the simple message – Racism. It Stops With Me.

Despite a range of programs and policies, incidents of racism and discrimination still occur on a regular basis from the elite to grassroots level across a range of sports every season.

“Sport is all about having fun, competing safely and getting a fair go, regardless of your skin colour, background or culture. Whether you’re a player, spectator, coach or official, there is simply no place for racism or discrimination in sport,” Commissioner Innes said.

Executive Director of Sport and Recreation Tasmania, Craig Martin, who is also a Play by the Rules Co-Chair, said, “With the AFL, Rugby League, Netball and Rugby Union seasons all now in progress, the Football (soccer) season just finished and the Cricket Tests about to commence in the UK, this is a timely opportunity to remind everyone in sport that racism is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

Racism. It Stops With Me is an initiative of the National Anti-Racism Strategy which invites all Australians to reflect on what they can do to counter racism wherever it happens

Play by the Rules is a unique collaboration between the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Human Rights Commission, all state and territory departments of sport and recreation, all state and territory anti-discrimination and human rights agencies, the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA). For more information on how to promote safe, fair and inclusive participation within your sporting club or organisation contact admin@playbytherules.net.au or visit www.playbytherules.net.au.