Editor's note

Racism is one of the most pressing and incendiary issues in Australia today. Whether it’s “African gangs”, challenges to Indigenous rights or assumptions about migrants from the Middle East, race and racism undergird much of our public debate. Today we begin a series that examines some of these thorny issues. We start with a graphic representation of race and racism in Australia, alongside an explainer by Alana Lentin on why racism is hard to define and even harder to understand.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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Twelve charts on race and racism in Australia

Emil Jeyaratnam, The Conversation

Australia is becoming more diverse, but these charts show we are still predominantly an Anglo society with strained relations with other cultures, particularly Indigenous and Muslim Australians.


Why racism is so hard to define and even harder to understand

Alana Lentin, Western Sydney University

People of colour, Indigenous people, Muslims and Jews are regularly lectured to on racism by people who have never experienced it.

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  • Just how ‘city smart’ are local governments in Queensland?

    Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology; Laurie Buys, Queensland University of Technology; Md. (Liton) Kamruzzaman, Monash University

    How smart are our cities now? In Queensland, a study of all 78 local government areas reveals major gaps between the ten leading the way in becoming smart cities and the rest of the state.

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  • What would a fair energy transition look like?

    Franziska Mey, University of Technology Sydney; Chris Briggs

    Making the transition to a sustainable energy future also means ensuring that affected communities - such as Australia's coal workers - aren't left by the wayside.


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