To: Attorney General George Brandis and Prime Minister Tony Abbott
'Stop the changes to the Racial Discrimination Act: Don't remove Section 18c'.
Dear Mr. Brandis and Mr. Abbott,
We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to reconsider your intention to repeal section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
It is our right, as individuals from all walks of life, to feel free and protected from unfair discrimination based on race. As such, we urge you to retain section 18c of the Act, which makes it unlawful for people to vilify others on racial grounds.
Why is this important?
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney General George Brandis seek to repeal section 18c in the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
Repealing this section of the Act will be the first piece of legislation Senator Brandis will introduce to Parliament. It is our right as humans to feel safe in this country - do not let the Coalition government take that right away!
In Australia’s multicultural society, everyone should have the right to feel welcome. Personally, I have witnessed discrimination based upon race in this country. My partner is Korean and I have many friends of all different nationalities, as I'm sure many of you do. I fear for my loved ones safety if these laws change, and I don’t wish to see anybody else have to be subject to such humiliation simply because of their race.
The Racial Discrimination Act was introduced to create a fairer Australia for all, and stops people from offending, insulting, humiliating or intimidating another person or a group of people based upon of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person, or some or all of the people in the group. Removing Section 18c of the Act would only send us backwards, and this is something that I don’t wish to see.
Remember back to August 2009, when the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd published an article written by Andrew Bolt under the title “White Fellas in the Black”. Andrew Bolt was taken to the Federal Court over this highly offensive and discriminatory article, and was ultimately found to be in breach of both sections 18c and 18d of the Act. Had these laws not been in place at the time he would have been considered not guilty, and discrimination would have been allowed to have gone unpunished. Our media of all places should stand up for human rights not degrade and humiliate people for something that they have no control over.
This isn't about restricting free speech – this is about protecting vulnerable Australians from being unfairly discriminated against or humiliated based on their race. All forms of discrimination need to be wiped out in this country - and removing Section 18c is not the answer.
Please do not allow this country to go further backwards. Fight with me for equality for all!
Please click on this link and send the an email to George Brandis : https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/communityrun_content/stop-the-changes-to-the-racial-discrimination-act/stop-the-changes-to-the-racial-discrimnation-act
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How it will be delivered
I will deliver the signed petition to Mr. Abbott and Mr Brandis along with a letter explaining why we do no want these laws to change and the harm it will do to our people.