IPA submission to the public consultation on amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

The IPA has sent a submission to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department regarding the government’s Exposure Draft amendments to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Our submission focussed on the compelling case for repealing section 18C, the reasons we believe the Exposure Draft is an acceptable compromise in its current form, and why it would be so dangerous to proceed with a watered down version of the Exposure Draft.

You can download and read our submission here.

Our submission was featured in an excellent article by Jonathan Swan in Sunday’s Sydney Morning Herald. As the article reports:

In a formal submission to the Attorney-General, the IPA has warned Senator Brandis that, if he bows to critics and softens his attack on  the laws, he would be better off leaving the law reform to a future, more courageous government.

“George Brandis would be better off dropping his proposed 18C reforms entirely than proceeding with a watered-down version,” IPA communications director James Paterson said.

“It would be a disaster if the Liberal Party put forward a version of 18C that left open the prospect of more Andrew Bolt cases.”

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