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IQ2 Debate: Racism is Destroying the Australian Dream

The Australian dream is magnetic, attracting vastly more people to our shores than ever move away. A quarter of the population is born overseas and almost half of us have a parent born abroad. The Australian Bureau of Statistics counts one international migration every two minutes. Who wouldn’t want to live the Australian dream?

Everyone is entitled to the same basic levels of safety, protection and opportunity, no matter their race or religion. Indeed, Australian laws protect everybody from racial discrimination, ensuring we all get a ‘fair go’ in life. But is Australia really a multicultural safe haven of equal opportunity? Or is racism more prevalent than ever before?

Indigenous Sky News anchor Stan Grant and Indian Australian immigration layer Pallavi Sinha went head to head against American-born Iranian Australian Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi and iconic Australian actor Jack Thompson. 

To view Stan Grant's powerful opening argument which has received worldwide acclaim and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, click here.

Images by Mark Baxter.