ALHR urges caution on racial discrimination changes

March 26, 2014

ALHR raised concerns with the Government’s exposure draft of proposed amendments to racial discrimination laws. John Southalan, ALHR’s President, said “This proposed change to the law removes important protections against racial discrimination. We reject the Government’s suggestion that racial vilification or intimidation is acceptable if done ‘in the course of…public discussion of any political [or] social matter’. The Government’s proposal is contrary to international standards, the law of various Australian States and Territories,  and common sense of what racial discrimination is”.

The full media release is available below.