Abbott government gives the green light to racism

Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act announced by the Abbott Government will significantly water down protections against racist hate speech in Australia. 

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT GIVES THE GREEN LIGHT TO RACISM

 

Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act announced by the Abbott Government will significantly water down protections against racist hate speech in Australia. 

The Attorney General, Senator George Brandis has confirmed the repeal of four sections, including Section 18C, in the face of widespread opposition from the community.

“Racism has no place in modern Australia,” Ms Butler said.

“These sections of the Racial Discrimination Act have served Australians well for almost 20 years.

“Many residents and local community groups have expressed their deep concerns about these changes

“The Abbott Government needs to say no to racism, not give it the green light. 

“This further exposes the Abbott Government’s twisted priorities,” Ms Butler said.

The new section proposed by Senator Brandis, who said that everyone had a right to be a bigot, removes the words offend, insult and humiliate.

Ms Butler encourages Griffith residents to send a message to Senator Brandis and Tony Abbott that these proposed changes should be rejected in their entirety.

Send your submission to s18cconsultation@ag.gov.au 

Or mail it to:


Human Rights Policy Branch 
Attorney-General's Department 
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600

MEDIA CONTACT: ANGUS SUTHERLAND 0433 295 099

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