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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3212

Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 27 February 1980:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the article Our Pathetic Blacks in issue No. 10 of Trek magazine published by Mr F. J. Y. de Los Palmos

(2)   Has the Commissioner for Community Relations determined that Australia's anti-discrimination laws do not allow him to take action to counteract the dissemination of ideas based on racial superiority doctrines or racial hatred, despite failure of the publisher to acknowledge repeated complaints.

(3)   Will the Government strengthen the Commissioner's power and the law accordingly.

Mr Viner -The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   The Commissioner has expressed views on what he sees as a deficiency in current law concerning dissemination of ideas based on racial hatred.

(3)   The Government is giving consideration to whether amendments are needed to strengthen the Racial Discrimination Act in this particular area and will take the views of the Commissioner for Community Relations into account in that consideration. The Government has also brought the matter before the Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights for examination.

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