Originally Posted by JeffDM
The definition for race also includes nationality and ethnic groups.
Depends on what your purpose is and what definition you are using.
In the U.S., the most important definition of 'race' would come from the EEOC. Unfortunately, the EEOC does not define the term (seems odd to have an entire division suing people for race discrimination, but never defining the term).
"What is "Race"?
Title VII does not contain a definition of "race." Race discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of ancestry or physical or cultural characteristics associated with a certain race, such as skin color, hair texture or styles, or certain facial features.
Note that forms used for collecting federal data on race and ethnicity in the workforce use five racial categories: American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African American; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and White; and one ethnicity category, Hispanic or Latino."
In addition to the Federal workforce categories, in other locations, EEOC uses the following statement to describe different races:
"Everyone is protected from race and color discrimination Whites, Blacks, Asians, Latinos, Arabs, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, persons of more than one race, and all other persons, whatever their race, color, or ethnicity."
I don't see the EEOC defining 'Australian' as a race anywhere. Of course, for different purposes, you may use a different definition. There is, for example, a Wikipedia article on the subject (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Australian_Race
), but it doesn't meet Wiki's guidelines.
There is a book called "the Australian Race", but it was written in the 19th century and probably isn't a very useful guide. The rest of the front page links on a search for "australian race" lead to horse racing and other racing events.