Victoria Minister for Higher Education Peter Hall
Combatting Discrimination And Anti-Semitism On campus
Victor P Taffa
Higher Education Minister Peter Hall today spoke at a forum held at Parliament House, aimed at helping Victoria’s universities to tackle anti-Semitism.
Mr. Hall said the Victorian Government was committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination across the board, including on university campuses.
“Unfortunately, over the last few years we’ve seen attacks on students from different social and cultural backgrounds and our Government is sending a message that behaviour of this type is simply not on.” Mr. Hall said.
“Every single Victorian university has policies in place to deal with discrimination, and rightly so.”
Mr. Hall said the Anti-Semitism Forum would cover topics including understanding contemporary anti-Semitism, university responsibilities when tackling anti-Semitism and practical strategies for dealing with anti-Semitism on campus.
“Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation produced a report on current issues in anti-Semitism in 2010.” Mr. Hall said.
“The average number of violent incidents per year of the 10 years to 2010 was 35, with a total of 15 violent incidents reported in 2010. Obviously, that’s still 15 too many.”