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21 Mar Government’s proposed 18c reform

“The government’s proposal to reform 18C is a major step forward for free speech. I am pleased the government has been guided by the human rights committee’s report to change the Human Rights Commission’s processes and the law itself. Only a combination of these two reforms...

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17 Mar Reform 18C or risk losing it

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 17 March, 2017   When the government reveals its plan for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, it will be judged against two criteria: Will it end the furore? And will it address 18C’s vulnerability to a constitutional challenge? Unless the...

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10 Mar Changes to HRC ‘not enough’

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 10 March, 2017   Changes to the Australian Human Rights Commission that have been recommended by a parliamentary committee would not have prevented students at Queensland University of Technology being falsely accused of ­racial hatred. This is the assessment of James Paterson,...

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03 Mar Paterson digs in on 18C reform

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 3 March, 2017   For supporters of freedom of speech, James Paterson is fast emerging as the new pin-up boy. As a Liberal member of federal parliament’s joint committee on human rights, Senator Paterson led the charge for significant reform of...

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01 Mar Reforms options with PM

James Campbell -- Herald Sun -- 28 February, 2017 THE fight to protect free speech in Australia will move to the Coalition party room after a landmark parliamentary inquiry handed the Turnbull Government options for reforming the notorious 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. While free speech supporters...

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