Anti-racism protesters during a rally against Reclaim Australia in Melbourne on April 4, 2015. Picture: Hamish Blair

In a surprising result, the Scanlon Foundation’s 2015 Mapping Social Cohesion report found despite the rise of anti-Islam groups such as Reclaim Australia, Australians had not embraced racist views.

In fact the experience of discrimination in Australia based on ethnic background and religion actually declined in the past year, possibly reflecting the strongly positive views of social media campaigns such as the Twitter movement #illridewithyou, which hit back at anti-Islamic sentiment following the Sydney siege.

“Australia remains a stable and highly cohesive society,” report author Professor Andrew Markus said, adding that the Scanlon-Monash Index of Social Cohesion had trended upwards.

“Experience of discrimination based on ethnic background and religion has lessened from 18 per cent to 15 per cent since last year,” he said.

– Charis Chang

Source: Report Shows Social Cohesion Improved in 2015