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Senate passes motion on racial discrimination

Richard Di Natale 18 Jun 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale successfully moved a Senate motion noting the work of the Action 18C campaign and calling on the Attorney-General to abandon proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. 

The motion reads as follows:

The Senate:

1)      notes the serious concern amongst Victorians and representatives of Victoria's multicultural community over the Government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and

2)      the work of the Action 18C campaign, which has resulted in 47 local councils passing motions opposing the change, representing over 5 million Australians;

3)      supports the right of every Victorian to live without fear of discrimination or hostility based on race, culture or religion; and

4)      calls on the Attorney-General to abandon the proposed changes, particularly to section 18C, that would repeal protections against racial vilification and embolden the enemies of Australia’s vibrant multicultural community.

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