The New Racism in Employment Discrimination: Tales from the Global Economy
Sydney Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp 1-27, 2010
28 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2010
Date Written: 2010
Neoliberal employment strategies, immigration policies, economic globalisation and the events of 9/11 have created new environments for racism in Australia. In this article, the ramifications of the shifting political environment on race discrimination against ethnicised Others in employment since 1990 are examined, with particular regard to the post-9/11 period. Drawing on complaints made to anti-discrimination agencies and decisions of courts and tribunals, it is argued that there has been a contraction in the ambit of operation of the legislation through the application of exemptions and a heightened burden of proof for complainants which has had a chilling effect on the jurisdiction. Drawing on Goldberg’s thesis of the racial state, it is posited that in the contemporary political environment, the state is active in producing and sustaining racism.
Keywords: Race, Employment, Anti-discrimination legislation, Australia, globalisation
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