Some of the worst workplace behaviour was laid bare in last week's report into bullying and harassment in Parliament.

While Speaker Trevor Mallard's comments about sexual assault allegations spurred loud and hasty action on one front, less publicised were details of racism in the report.

Feedback from one respondent characterised the racist attitudes and behaviour, often accompanied by sexism, as being "a really icky experience".


Another described their experience of being targeted, for what sounded like someone's dislike of all Asian people, as an "avatar".

"I don't think [he/she] saw me as an individual but as an avatar for