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Commissioner says it's time to affirm our tolerance

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16 Dec 2014

Commissioner says it's time to affirm our tolerance

The biggest fear in the aftermath of the Sydney siege is that some anglo-Australians will use the event as an excuse to attack local Muslims.

On this week’s Balls Radio Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, says the #I’llRideWithYou campaign shows the tolerance endemic in our population, but calls for support for Muslims who might fear retaliation. He says we all need to speak out when we see examples of racism.

We also hear from journalist Paul Wallbank, discussing whether the Telegraph’s “Death Cult CBD Attack” fanned unnecessary fear and, in so doing, helped the cause of terrorists.

And from the US Richard Kazimer talks us through the senate report into how the CIA sanctioned a torture program – actions which have not helped to create a harmonious society.

Plus Brian Haverty with our regular selection of innovative ideas - 'what's the big idea'.


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