This article by Celeste LIddle, NTEU Indigenous Organiser, appears in The ...
On 25 March 2014 – a watershed day in the debate of freedom of speech versus the right for all Australian citizens to be protected from acts of racial discrimination – Attorney-General George Brandis announced the Government intended to repeal Sections 18.B, C, D and E from the Racial Discrimination Act (1975), replacing them with a ‘strengthened’ version.
This brought passionate pleas from many community organisations and individuals to immediately withdraw the proposal.
While it would appear that the Government is forging ahead with this move on the basis that they see fault with these sections of the Act, the explanations from the Attorney-General on why his new proposed wording would be beneficial fall far short of the existing protections in the Act.
For Sharlene Leroy-Dyer - National Indigenous Councillor elect and Branch Committee Member, Newcastle University
The Socialist Alliance conference was held in Marrickville over the ...
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