Well done to IPA members Martin Proctor and Jack Piggott of the Young LNP in Queensland who succeeded over the weekend in passing a resolution at the LNP State Council calling on the federal government to reverse its opposition to free speech reforms.
Proctor, who is also the IPA’s Campus Co-ordinator at the University of Queensland, moved the motion which read:
That this State Council of the LNP calls upon the Federal Government to:
a) reverse its decision to abandon reforms to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth);
b) recognise the importance of these reforms which reaffirm our Party’s core philosophical belief in the freedom of speech; and
c) allow Coalition Members and Senators to exercise a free vote on any bill that proposes to remove the words ‘offend’ or ‘insult’ from the current legislation.
Three of the six LNP senators representing Queensland are on the public record in support of section 18C reform, currently in the form of Family First senator Bob Day’s amendments. You can read the whole list of supporters in the Senate here.