Reflections on discrimination and the power of education

Reflections on casual racism and the sentiments Centre for Research in Education Annual Oration University of South Australia, Adelaide 13 November In the many conversations I have about race, there is a familiar note on which people conclude: It is the precondition of progress. Education is more than just knowledge, however.

Reflections on discrimination and the power of education

But first let me acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I pay my deepest respects to their elders both past and present.

My path to promote age equality has been both sobering and uplifting. And uplifting because there is so much momentum for change.

One manifestation of this momentum and the reason we are here today is that - for the first time — as from July we will have a full time Age Discrimination Commissioner. And that is something I think people in this sector have great cause to celebrate.

This means that, like the other areas of discrimination — sex, race, disability and Indigenous - age discrimination will finally have a fully funded Commissioner devoted full-time to their advocacy together with accompanying resources and full time staff.

Of course, there are many critical issues facing older people today ranging from aged care to elder abuse. Before I start, I want to share a story with you that highlights what I will be focusing on tonight. We recently had a 50yro man come to the Commission to complain that he had applied for a job for which he considered he was well qualified.

He was told that he was not considered for the position as he did not have enough industry experience. Tonight I will focus on older people and age discrimination, particularly in paid work.

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I want to do 4 things: First, I will start by making some introductory remarks about age discrimination and ageism; Second, I will reflect on my time in the role and some of the people I have met; Third, I will look at the changes over my term — and they have been significant; Finally, I want to make some comments about the future — particularly a Convention on the Rights of Older People.

The fact is we live in an ageist society where the better health and life expectancies of people are often perversely cast as a burden. We feel it is perfectly benign that our society categorises people in this way and that we use these terms in our day to day lives — we even laugh about them.

But the reality is, that by embracing these terms and the host of meanings and invalid beliefs that we attach to them, they become true to us. We start to apply these often unsubstantiated and incorrect generalisations to the way we behave toward people.

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We attach stereotypical views to diverse groups based purely on their age. And, when these stereotypes are applied in areas such as recruitment and employment, they can have devastating effects.

If you doubt the reality of this let me tell you about another of the people I heard from during my term as Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination.

This is just one of the stories I have heard from hundreds of people who have spoken to me in consultations, at public events and in radio talkback. He was a very experienced and highly skilled man, aged in his 40s. From the film industry, he had been out of work since January because of the downturn in production.

He could not access any Centrelink payments because he had some savings from which he was living, but which were now rapidly diminishing.

Finding he was not only being passed over by recruitment companies when he submitted his CV, but was not even having his applications acknowledged, he began to make inquiries.

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The responses he received were, at the very least, surprising. He was told, by more than one agency, that the highest priority was to get younger people into the workforce first. He was told by others that companies were only looking for younger, more dynamic staff who could fit in well with their young teams.

He was further told by some that older people were largely seen to be less compliant, tended to fight management over issues and often tried to force their own morals, virtues and views of life onto others.Overtly racist language of this kind is shunned, and anti-discrimination guidelines require hotel staff to provide goods and services to guests regardless of race, gender, marital status, disability, age and more.

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Reflections on discrimination and the power of education

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