Responding to racism: Student competition now open

Young people are encouraged to share their perspectives on race discrimination in the 2017 Race Discrimination Commissioner's Student Prize.

The an annual competition aims to promote research and discussion of racism among school students by inviting them to prepare an essay (maximum 1,000 words) or record a speech (video or audio, maximum 5 minutes) that answers one of the following questions:

  1. The best way of killing ugliness is with kindness. To what extent should this guide our society's response to racism?
  2. Fighting racism demands that we also defend liberal democracy. Discuss.

Students in Years 10 and 11 at a school in any Australian state or territory are eligible to enter.

Entries must be submitted to the Commission by Friday 15 September 2017.

The winning student will be awarded a book voucher from Dymocks worth $150.00. Their work will also be featured on the Commission's website and in the Commissioner's monthly newsletter. The winning student's school will be awarded a book voucher from Dymocks worth $500.00.

The best entry will be selected by the Race Discrimination Commissioner and the winner will be awarded their prize at the Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture in Sydney in October 2017.

To enter or find out more information, visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.