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Why the Racial Discrimination Act was a critical turning point in Australia's history

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (16:24):  I rise to contribute to this motion on the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Racial Discrimination Act in June 1975. The enactment of the Racial Discrimination Act was a critical turning point in Australia's history because of the role it played in signposting Australia's commitment to protecting and promoting what were internationally recognised and universal human rights.

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Ditching 'Andrew Bolt Protection Bill' a victory in fight against racism and hate speech

"The Greens are very proud to have been part of the community campaign against watering down race hate laws," said acting Greens Leader, Adam Bandt MP.   

"The Government's backdown on the 'bigot' laws show that the community can make this Government change direction.

"This victory will give a big boost to everyone campaigning against Tony Abbott's agenda.

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Australians reject scrapping of race-hate law: Greens

The Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today has again called on the Abbott government to drop its ill-conceived plans to wind back laws that prohibit racial abuse in light of a Nielsen poll that shows the reform has been overwhelmingly rejected by the electorate.

“Today’s poll shows that the Government’s plan to scrap laws that protect people from offensive and hurtful racial abuse is deeply unpopular. Nine in 10 Australians want to keep the current protections.

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Brandis opens the floodgates for bigotry: Greens

Attorney-General George Brandis's amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act will open the floodgates for racists and bigots to dominate the public debate, say the Australian Greens.

"This is the Andrew Bolt Protection Bill - the Attorney General is looking out for his mate but has spared no thought to those who are the victims of racial abuse," Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Wright said.

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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.

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