A new Ad campaign giving a voice to the South Sudanese Australians suffering racial vilification in Australia is being launched at 11am on Friday August 14th asking the Prime Minister to take back his words.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister Peter Dutton and Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy have singled out Sudanese gangs as a major crime problem in Victoria. The crime statistics do not reflect this.
Intended or otherwise, by racializing crime,they have inflicted much hurt on thousands of innocent South Sudanese Australians, and there has been an escalation in racial hatred towards other Australians of an African background. At the very least it is poor leadership and has caused much hurt. At worst, it may have given impetus to extreme racist elements of the community, with a disastrous outcome for this country.
Simon McKeon (Former Australian of the Year and Chancellor of Monash University)
Richard Keddie (Producer of Michelle Payne movie Ride Like A Girl)
Bishop Philip Huggins
South Sudanese Pastor Reverend Soma
NB. The South Sudanese Participants in the Ad will be present.