FreedomWatch readers will be delighted to learn that senators Zed Seselja, Ian Macdonald and Chris Back all spoke in favour of restoring freedom of speech in the Senate today.
The speeches were delivered in the context of parliamentary debate on Family First Senator Bob Day’s Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014, which proposes to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’ from section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
Senators Seselja, Macdonald and Back join co-sponsors of the bill, senators Bob Day, David Leyonhjelm, Dean Smith and Cory Bernardi who all spoke in favour of the bill on 2 October 2014.
The complete list of current senators who are on the record in support of amendments to section 18C are as follows:
- Chris Back (Liberal, WA)
- Cory Bernardi (Liberal, SA)
- Joe Bullock (ALP, WA)
- Matt Canavan (Nationals, Qld)
- Bob Day (Family First, SA)
- Sean Edwards (Liberal, SA)
- David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democrat, NSW)
- Ian Macdonald (Liberal, Qld)
- James McGrath (Liberal, Qld)
- Linda Reynolds (Liberal, WA)
- Scott Ryan (Liberal, Vic)
- Zed Seselja (Liberal, ACT)
- Dean Smith (Liberal, WA)