Liberal’s back flip on Section 18 C , a win for multicultural Australia : Robertson

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In a statement issued ,NSW Labor leader  John Robertson said that  they have seen a humiliating back flip by Tony Abbott and George Brandis – and a deserved win for multicultural communities and multicultural Australia.

“In April, I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to abandon Attorney General Brandis’ proposal to water down the protections against hate speech and bigotry enshrined in Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act”,  he said in a statement.

He said that he informed  the Prime Minister  that NSW Labor would not support these changes under any circumstances. Removing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is a change that should never have been contemplated in the first place.

“George Brandis’ statement that “people have a right to be bigots” was hurtful and offensive and will go down in history as a lowpoint of this Liberal administration”, he stated.

The Liberal Government sought to fix laws that aren’t broken – and as a result caused great distress among multicultural communities across NSW and Australia.

Sensible protections against racism and hate speech are a pillar of Australia’s success as a multicultural society.

“ It is a victory for the thousands of Australians who stood up together and sent the Liberal Government a clear message – racial vilification and race hate speech is not acceptable.NSW Labor will never allow the Abbott Government to water down these laws – and nor will the community”, he added.

 

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