17 Aug An insult to back away from vow

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently mused over his decision while in power to give up on repealing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. This makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” on the basis of “race, colour or national or ethnic origin”. Critics,...

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09 Aug Liberal senators determined to keep 18c alive

By David Crowe Liberal senators are determined to keep free speech on the political agenda by launching a debate over Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, despite moves yesterday that block any attempt to legislate a change. In a sign of the government’s internal differences on...

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08 Aug Free speech back on agenda after election

Liberal senators are backing plans for new legislation to protect free speech in a move to launch public hearings into Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, reviving a contentious reform hat divided Tony Abbott’s government more than two years ago. West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith is pushing for a parliamentary inquiry to thrash out...

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