Liberal government needs to take a stand against racism : Guy Zangari

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The O’Farrell Liberal Government refused to stand up to the Abbott Liberal Government over moves to remove vital protections against racial vilification.

Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities Guy Zangari said it was disappointing that the O’Farrell Liberal Government had refused to oppose the watering down of Racial Discrimination legislation.

The Federal Liberal Government is proposing to remove Section 18C from the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 – which makes it unlawful to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person on racial or ethnic grounds.

Under questioning in NSW Parliament from Labor the NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello was given the opportunity to make a strong statement against racism and declare the O’Farrell Government’s opposition to the plans – but instead refused.

“The Minister needs to take a stand against racism and reject his Liberal colleagues’ attempts to water down these laws,” Zangari said.

“Minister Dominello and the Liberals have abdicated their responsibility to diverse communities across NSW,” Zangari added.

“This is very disappointing for the vulnerable and marginalised people of NSW. Minister Dominello needs to stand up to the Abbott Government for the rights of everyone in NSW. It is simply not good enough to just claim this is a Federal issue.

“Communities across NSW should be concerned that the O’Farrell Government has chosen to not stand up to their Liberal colleagues in Canberra rather than fighting for their rights in the face of racism,” added Zangari.

 

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