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Tuesday, 31 May 1994
Page: 930


Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)racial tolerance is the cornerstone of our multicultural society,

    (ii)incitement to racial violence cannot be tolerated, but that care must be taken to preserve freedom of speech and the debate on ideas,

    (iii)the present common law protection against vilification and assault has no racial focus, and does not specifically prohibit incitement to violence on racial grounds, and

    (iv)racial vilification laws have the potential to reduce racially motivated violence and send a powerful message to racist elements that intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated; and

  (b)calls on the Government to include criminal sanctions in the forthcoming racial vilification bill, and to accompany the legislation with an education campaign to combat racist attitudes.