by Dr Anthony Pun
5 August 2014
The Australian (5Aaug2014) reported that Prime Minister Tony Abbott dropped plans to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, saying the debate had complicated relations with ethnic groups under the heading “The Abbott government has bowed out of a battle over plans to change racial discrimination laws”. CCCA President Dr Anthony Pun said “the community can now breathe a sigh of relief from this unpopular proposal to repeal Section 18C (Section 18C of the act makes it unlawful to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin) of the Racial Discrimination Act”.
CCCA made a submission on 5 April 2014 to the Attorney General not to repeal Section 18C of the RDA. As reported in The Australian, of the 5500 submissions that went into the Attorney-General’s office following the release of draft laws in March 2014… 88% of them were against the repeal. The government’s decision to shelve the plans to change the RDA is a wise one and the community will continue to enjoy the protection of the law, particularly against racial vilification. This is a win for Multicultural Australia,
CCCA wish to thank Nina Bassat AM, President of the JCCV for leading the community charge against the repeal of Section 18C when she said “Racial and religious intolerance, vilification, incitement of hatred and intimidation are lines that should not be crossed.”