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Race discrimination is treating people unfairly because of their race, which includes their colour, country of birth, ancestry, or nationality.

It is also racial discrimination to treat people unfairly because of the race of their relatives, friends or workmates.

Example - Indirect

Olga recently arrived to Australia and applied for a factory job. Applicants were required to read and write fluent English even though this was not needed in the job. Olga could claim she was indirectly discriminated against by the factory because of her race.

Example - Discrimination by association

Dave, a black African and his white friend Jenny were both refused entry to a dance club because of Dave’s skin colour. Both Dave and Jenny could claim they were discriminated against by the club because of Dave’s race.

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