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Review of Racial Discrimination Act and Human Rights Commission



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SENATOR THE HON. ERIC ABETZ LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA

MEDIA RELEASE

08 November 2016

Review of Racial Discrimination Act and Human Rights Commission

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has welcomed the inquiry into sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act as well as into the behaviour of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Government’s announcement of a broad terms of reference follows calls from Senator Abetz that the review consider the Human Rights Commission’s conduct in recent 18C cases against the QUT students and Bill Leak.

“Freedom of speech is vital for our community and many Australians have expressed deep concern about how the Racial Discrimination Act has been used to seek to stifle free speech,” Senator Abetz said today.

“I am pleased that this review will be conducted by the Parliament’s Human Rights Committee, under the able stewardship of Ian Goodenough, and that the Terms of Reference are broad enough to consider the Human Rights Commission’s conduct in recent cases.”

“While I would have liked to have seen more urgent action to enhance Freedom of Speech by repealing elements of section 18C, this review is a step in the right direction.”

“I encourage all Australians who are concerned about ensuring free speech in Australia to be involved in the review and to make a submission,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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