Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner June Oscar has declared that racism in Australia is "alive and it's kicking" in response to comments by the nation's newly appointed race discrimination commissioner that Australia is not a racist country.
"I'm hearing from women and girls across the country … that racism is one of the key emerging issues," she said.
“I know from my own personal experiences that racism is alive and it's kicking”.
Environmental advocate for nomadic pastoral communities across the Horn of Africa, Dr Zeremariam Fre, has been awarded the 2018 Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship.
The Fellowship, which this year focuses on environmental care, promotes reconciliation by bringing global support to individuals engaged in local projects. It recognises Dr Fre’s lifetime work supporting pastoral peoples, advocating for their rights to land and care of the natural resources that support them.
Global Reconciliation and the Desmond Tutu Reconciliation Fellowship (DTRF) committee would like to applaud the work in environmental care that is being undertaken by many activists around the world. Nominations for the 2018 DTRF have been outstanding. We would like to celebrate every one of them, but commend and bring to your attention in particular the shortlist of nominees for the 2018 Fellowship award: