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Brandis Bolts to override internal concerns on racial slur laws

The Australian Greens have renewed calls for Attorney-General George Brandis to drop his bid to amend the Racial Discrimination Act, following the minister's responses in Question Time today.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright today asked the Attorney-General why he would not reconsider in light of concerns raised by Liberal MP Ken Wyatt.

"It seems that nothing will stop the Abbott Government from pushing ahead with these changes to the law to license the public humiliation of people because of their race," Senator Wright said.

"These amendments should be called the 'Andrew Bolt Protection Bill' from now on, because that can be the only reason the Government remains so determinedly single-minded.

"Ethnic groups from around the country, the Chairman of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council Mr Warren Mundine and now several MPs within the Liberal Party have raised concerns that drastically altering sections 18C and 18D would give a green light to hate speech.

"It's all well and good for Mr Brandis to say that the Liberal Party allows for these kind disagreements, but if he and Prime Minister Abbott have no intention of listening and taking on board the feedback of their partyroom and the community - what's the point?

"The Australian Greens will not support any bid to weaken protections for vulnerable people."

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