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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 2260

Senator LEYONHJELM (New South Wales) (09:55): I am going to move on, but I will just make the point before I do that the explanatory memorandum refers to this particular change as 'clarification of the law'. Quite frankly, I regard that as misleading. I think this is a substantive change in the law and the explanatory memorandum ought to say so. Nonetheless, I will move on.

You have previously referred to the right to be a bigot, and I entirely agree with you. People have every right to be a bigot. But do people also have the right to have genocidal thoughts? This law seeks to address that. Let me give you an example of genocidal thoughts. Shakespeare once said, 'First, kill all the lawyers.' Isn't that a genocidal thought?