Protection Against Racial Vilification

10 December 2013
Protection Against Racial Vilification

Joint letter to the Attorney-General: Australia must retain strong and effective protections against racial vilification.

Over 150 leading community organisations from around Australia have written to the Attorney-General, George Brandis QC, urging him not to repeal the racial vilification protections in the Racial Discrimination Act.
The Attorney-General has indicated his strong intention to repeal, or significantly weaken, section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act on the basis that the provision represents a significant curtailment of freedom of speech. However, as many racial, ethnic and religious groups know, these vital protections are used on a daily basis to protect individuals and communities against racist hate speech.

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