The ICV is disappointed by the Turnbull Government’s decision to push for watering down of Australia’s protections against racial abuse.
Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has served this proudly multicultural nation well for over twenty years. Protecting Australians from abuse because of the colour of their skin or where they came from is a matter of basic justice and fairness for all. As Australians, we are all free to express our opinions but no one has the right to subject their fellow citizens to bigoted and hateful abuse.
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