18C protects Muslim criminals, One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts says

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A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop 'decent' people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws are protecting Muslim criminals.

Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to "Stalinist repression".

"If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or maybe just the Afghan Muslims in the public housing flat next to you are molesting small children, chances are that you are afraid to speak out," he said.

"Ordinary, decent people are simply afraid to speak the truth.

"We want to be able to call out Muslim drug dealers, child mutilators, hate preachers , terrorists and perverts."

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The senator used a debate on proposed changes to race-hate speech laws in parliament on Tuesday to launch a tirade against Australian Muslims, claiming the community was "bulging" with hate-preachers and terrorist apologists.

None of them had been brought before the Human Rights Commission for race-hate speech, because the laws only applied to non-Muslims, he said.

He likened the Greens to Islamic State for defending the existing laws, claiming they painted those who disagreed with them as wrong and immoral.

"The smug, elitist sense of superiority that infuses these koala-hugging commos appears to leave them without the slightest awareness of the terrible repression which they champion in their pursuit of ideological conformity with their own frankly anti-human world view," he said.

The federal government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act would swap the words "offend", "insult" and "humiliate" to "harass and intimidate".

Labor, Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team oppose the changes, meaning the government doesn't have the numbers to get them through the Senate.

The government has moved amendments to the legislation which it says were the product of discussions with Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs.

Source AAP

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