Asses the Extent to Which the Ideal of Equality Is Shared by All Australians

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Assess the extent to which the ideal of equality is shared by all Australians The idea of ‘mateship’ and the trendy notion of a ‘fair go’ for all emphasises the strength of Australian support for the value of equality of opportunity, the ideal goal of all Australians having equal opportunity to achieve success. Notions of Egalitarianism are what Australia strives to accomplish within its society, through the implementing and practicing of legislations such as Anti-Discrimination Act (1997), Sex-Discrimination Act (1954) and Racial Discrimination Act (1975) which were established in order to conclude unfair treatment based on people’s looks, beliefs or choices. Human Rights is also another important element which demonstrates equality, human rights are rights that are believed to belong justifiably to every person. The idea that people should receive the same, or be treated the same, or be treated as equals, in some respect. However, groups such as Muslim Women and Homosexuals in our society are treated otherwise. The principal of an egalitarian society tend to rest on a background idea that all human persons are equal in fundamental worth or moral status.

Australians ideal of equality is embedded in the value of giving someone a ‘fair go’ yet are all groups within our society given a ‘fair go’? Or are they quick to be judged? Muslim Women in Australian society is one group which easily fits within this bracket. They are quick to be judged and treated differently as opposed to non-Muslim women. Although there are legislations such as the Anti-Discrimination Act (1997) and Racial Discrimination Act (1975) which aim to protect the rights of these women and which attempt to provide equality to everyone, however there are still inequalities such as racism experienced by this group in present society which leave their identity at stake. During a case study, racial comments such as “we don’t want them here, we don’t want them in Australia” and “they don’t...
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