Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Hate speech petition tabled

This petition of Citizens of Australia who are firm believers in protection of racial dignity and multiculturalism draws to the attention of the House:

The community concerns in relation to the proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act 1975. The proposed changes will reduce the Act's ability to protect the community against hate speech, bigotry and similar offensive conduct in relation to race, colour, or national or ethnic origin. We are firm believers in right to free speech but we also believe that these rights come with responsibility and it is the duty of the government to protect our diverse population from a small but loud minority, who may misuse the changes to insult, humiliate and offend fellow Australians on the basis of their race, colour and national or ethnic origin.

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National Sorry Day

The first Sorry Day was held on 26 May 1998—the anniversary of the tabling of the report—and it has been held annually ever since.

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Abbott budget cuts all youth unemployment programs

Tony Abbott has cut the only programs designed to help young people get into the workforce at a time when youth unemployment is over double the average unemployment rate, the Member for Griffith Terri Butler MP said.

Last night’s budget axed all three education programs aimed at helping disadvantaged young Australians at risk of falling into unemployment to finish school and get a job.

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