Thursday, 20 March 2014
That the Senate—
(a) notes proposals by the Abbott Government to repeal the provisions of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 which provide protections against racial vilification;
(b) commends the words of the Member for Hasluck, Mr Ken Wyatt, who said he did not support repeal of these provisions because 'Australia has come a long way in the last 30 or 40 years and what I wouldn't like to see is a regression that allows those who have bigoted viewpoints to vilify any group of people' and 'I support the whole concept of free speech, but I think there are boundaries that you have to draw and this is one of them'; and
(c) reaffirms its strong stance against racial vilification.
Question agreed to.