Grass-roots Liberals affirm support for section 18C changes

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking at the 2015 Liberal Party Federal Council

Great to see grass-root Liberals at their party’sĀ Federal Council pass several positive motions over the weekend, asking the Liberal leadership to honour its commitment to liberal values such as freedom of speech:

Tony Abbott faces grassroots Liberal resistance to indigenous recognition in the Constitution and renewed calls for changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act on grounds for taking action.

In moving the motion on Section 18C, delegate Tom White of the West Australian branch said he respected the government’s right to make the decision to shelve changes but this did not inhibit the federal council’s right to explain its own view.

Mr White backed an amendment proposed by Family First senator Bob Day of South Australia which would remove “offend” and “insult” from Section 18c as a “sensible reform”.

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