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Greens condemn attack on Jewish family



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Dr Richard Di Natale Greens Senator for Victoria

28/10/2013

Greens condemn attack on Jewish family

Australian Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism, Senator Richard Di Natale, today joined Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane in condemning an attack on a Jewish family in Bondi over the weekend.

“The Greens share the Commissioner's concern at the violence, which appears to have been racially motivated,” said Senator Di Natale.

“Violence of any kind is unacceptable but racist violence is particularly abhorrent.

“This type of hatred and violence has no place in our society. All people are entitled to live their lives in an environment without fear of intimidation or violence.

“The Greens express our deepest concern for the welfare of the family who were assaulted.

“This incident highlights the ongoing importance of anti-vilification legislation.

“The Greens call on the Abbott Government to continue the fight against racism and rethink its plan to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

“Changing the Racial Discrimination Act risks sending a message that it is acceptable to racially vilify others and to justify it in the name of free speech.”

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