Legal Analysis Criticises Proposed Race Law Changes

28th April, 2014By Michelle Lovegrove

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The Human Rights Law Centre strongly criticises the Attorney General's proposed new legislation to change the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Executive Director Hugh de Krester says the changes significantly water down important elements that protect community members from the harm that comes of racial vilification.

And he says - an area of major concern is an exemption in public discourse, discussions made in public, as well as in private.

This means, the law won't apply in private or public discussion on a wide range of matters.

Mr De Krester tells Michelle Lovegrove, the Attorney General's claim that the law will be strengthened, do not stand up to analysis of the proposed replacement.

 

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