Dreyfus says govt backing on RDA repeal

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Dreyfus says govt backing on RDA repeal

  • AAPMARCH 16, 2014 11:57AM

SHADOW attorney-general Mark Dreyfus says the government is backing away from threats it made in opposition to repeal the section of the Racial Discrimination Act used to prosecute News Corp Australia columnist Andrew Bolt.

Mr Dreyfus said the Bolt case and other decisions over the past 20 years made clear the provision was for significant cases of racial discrimination, not mere slights, and only the most serious ended up in court.

He said it was hard to read coalition proposals to repeal Section 18C of the act as anything other than pandering to Mr Bolt.

“The idea that just because one right-wing commentator should have been found to have contravened the provision, that we should chuck out something that has served Australia very well over nearly 20 years, I find actually offensive,” he told Sky News.

“I am very pleased that there is some back-pedalling on the part of George Brandis and Tony Abbott and so there should be.”

Section 18C prohibits statements that tend to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” people based on race and ethnicity.

It was used to prosecute Mr Bolt over his article saying some “fair-skinned Aboriginals” chose to identify as Aboriginal for personal gain.

Mr Dreyfus said Mr Bolt failed to make out a defence of free speech and despite claims that he would appeal, he had not.

He said the government appeared to be back-pedalling because of a groundswell of community support for the legislation, including from some coalition MPs.


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