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Sydney council tries to tackle racism

By Katrina Yu World News Australia Cadet Reporter
16 November 2011 | 06:40:10 PM

In Sydney’s inner west, one council is doing something about the scourge of racism.

Students are being trained to lead the ‘Different People Different Voices Project’, which aims to stamp-out bullying related to culture and race.

“It starts with bullying – and if you’re constantly made to feel that what you believe is wrong or against the community..because of that loneliness you’re disconnected to the consequences of your actions”, Youth Leadership trainer Natasha Munasinghe says.

“And that could be when it leads to more violence”

A study into racism by the University of Western Sydney has found that while a majority of residents say they value diversity, 40% believe certain ethnic or cultural groups don’t belong in Australia.

The project hopes to break down the fear associated with different cultures.