Human Rights Policy Branch

Attorney-General‘s Department

3-5 National Circuit

Barton, ACT, 2600

Email:  S18cconsultation@ag.gov.au 

Dear Attorney General 

Amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA)

I have reviewed the proposed exposure draft of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA) and wishes to express deep concerns regarding the amendments/deletion to the current S18B, C, D, and E of the RDA. In short the proposed changes including the wide exemption and deleting the words “offends, insults and humiliates” and insert “vilify” in S18c and deleting S18d and b will weaken the protection provided and giving approval to hate speech, offensive languages, increasing the chances of abuses through intimidation and vilification and threatening the fabric of a harmonious  and diverse society.

The current  legislation, in particular S18c and S18d of the RDA have served well for almost 20 years.  For the Government to proposed changes based on one case (Andrew Bolt) is totally unacceptable as the Bolt case was in breach of S18d test for “ reasonableness and good faith”.

Based on empirical evidence, I strongly believe the current RDA is working well         (close to 100% in solving disputes by the Australian Human Rights Commission) and serving the needs of our Multicultural Communities.  This has  also been supported by the recent Poll which indicated  that 9 out 10 Australians were opposed to any change to the RDA . 

I believe RDA S18b, c, d, e and f should be retained, codify the case laws into the current RDA, and include a penal cause into the legislation like those in West Australia and finally, if the exposure draft is to be debated in the House of Representatives,  a Freedom of Conscience vote for MPs as part of freedom of speech.

 I urge the Government not to proceed with the exposure draft.

Eddie Hwang

President

Unity Party WA

info@unitywa.org

http://unitypartywa.wordpress.com

Ph/Fax: 61893681884

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Dear SMH Editor, 

Tony Abbott does not know how to govern nor make big decisions as he is so incompetent – so far! 

Eddie Hwang

President

Unity Party WA

info@unitywa.org

http://unitypartywa.wordpress.com (published)

http://twitter.com/unitypartywa        (published)

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Abbott’s biggest broken promise – to build our cities well

Date – April 21, 2014 – Peter Martin 

Expect an avalanche of broken promises in the first Abbott budget four weeks from today, none of them as important as the promise he has just broken.

Broken promises are inevitable when an opposition comes in. It’s the first time it gets to see the books, and usually the first time it gets good advice. But none are as overarching as the promise Abbott broke last week.

It was a promise about the way he would govern – about the way he would make really big decisions, the ones that cost us billions.

have told Tony Abbott if he had kept his one really worthwhile election promise and asked………..

Peter Martin is economics editor of The Age. Twitter: @1petermartin

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/abbotts-biggest-broken-promise–to-build-our-cities-well-20140421-zqx73.html#ixzz2zZoRhxYF