Friday, 10 February 2017

A win against racism

I am very pleased to see the outcome of Kwenda Obudho's case against a Melbourne nightclub. A Victorian Supreme Court judgment has found that Mr Obudho was indeed the victim of racial discrimination.

In 2011 Mr Obudho, a professional DJ, organised an event called Africa Fest. Five days before it was due to take place Inflation nightclub cancelled the event when they discovered that the majority of patrons would be of African descent.

This judgment has taken six years of legal action and I congratulate Mr Obudho for his persistence.

We know from the community that racism is well and truly alive in Melbourne's night spots. I hope that this judgment will send a message to our city's venues that discriminating against patrons is against the law and will not be tolerated.

If you, a family member or someone you know has experienced discrimination you can call us on 1300 292 153 and tell us your story. Our dispute resolution service is simple, free and effective and can help you resolve your complaint of discrimination. You can also make a complaint online or speak to one of our staff members through our live chat.

Kristen Hilton
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

Everyone has a right to party – make a stand against racism

The Commission's campaign to address race discrimination in nightclubs, pubs and bars, Everyone has the right to party, supplies decals and flyers to venues to show that they are against discrimination.

If you manage or own a nightclub, pub or bar and want to show your support for a community free from racism, email us at communications@veohrc.vic.gov.au to find out more and receive your starter pack.

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