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Never an excuse for racism

We are deeply disappointed to learn that Victorians of Chinese and other Asian backgrounds are being racially discriminated against in response to the coronavirus.

Thursday 27 February 2020 9:45am
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We are deeply disappointed to learn that Victorians of Chinese and other Asian backgrounds are being racially discriminated against in response to the coronavirus.

Reports of people refusing medical treatment from health professionals of Asian backgrounds has not only exposed the alarming myths and misinformation circulating about the virus, but also the prevalence of racism in some people’s reactions.

We cannot allow fear to take hold and we must stand together against this health issue as we have stood together and supported each other against other crises.

We need to remember that Victoria’s health system is one of the best in the world, and it is made up of health professionals of all cultural backgrounds.

We call on all Victorians to take a moment to get the facts from the Department of Health and Human ServicesExternal Link and to follow the advice of health experts.

When people respond to a health crisis with racism, we must ask ourselves ‘Who are we?’

We are a proudly multicultural society and our success is thanks to Victorians of all backgrounds.

The Chinese community have been here in Victoria for generations. They have made, and continue to make, significant contributions across all areas of our society including great contributions in the health and medical fields — protecting and saving many lives.

There is never an excuse for racism. It is simply unacceptable and we cannot let this occur here in Victoria.

This statement was prepared in response to a Herald Sun article on 27 February 2020. Read the full article hereExternal Link .

Reviewed 23 June 2021

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