PROFESSOR: Australian's must learn history to purge racism

EDUCATING Australians about the nation's indigenous people could be the key to avoiding the level of racial tension America is experiencing.

A CQUniversity lecturer has argued for compulsory learning about the "true history" of Australia and more "affirmative action" strategies.

Professor Gracelyn Smallwood , the 2014 Aboriginal Person of the Year, said education could be the key to building more positive race relations and achieving the long-sought goal of reconciliation.

She said that education, along with "compulsory learning about the true history of our country" and "an affirmative action strategy" were key to easing racial tensions.

While racial tensions in the US have been fuelled by the much higher rate of gun violence - a rare occurrence in Australia - Prof Smallwood also argues for more cultural understanding between students and teachers about the issues facing indigenous Australians.

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