Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes

Last updated: 4 May 2014

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WGAR News: ... (4 May 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/03/wgar-news-commission-of-audit-aborigi...
"Contents: ...
* Tim Soutphommasane, Australian Human Rights Commission: No case for changing race laws, says Race Discrimination Commissioner
* Australian Human Rights Commission: Racial Discrimination: Commission responds to Exposure Draft
* Chris Slee, Green Left: Meeting discusses Racial Discrimination Act changes
* Delia Lawrie, Territory Labor: Territory Law Plan to Tackle Racism
* John Ferguson, The Australian: Liberal states' blow to Brandis race bid
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: CommunityRun Petition: 'Stop the changes to the Racial Discrimination Act: Don't remove Section 18c'. (3 May 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/05/03/wgar-news-communityrun-petition-stop-...
"Contents:
* Change.org Petition: Racism Ruins Lives - Keep Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
* CommunityRun Petition: 'Stop the changes to the Racial Discrimination Act: Don't remove Section 18c'.
* Michelle Lovegrove, Living Black Radio: Racial Discrimination Is About All Of Us [Featuring Michael Nolan who set up a petition via the community website Community Run]
* Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Inc.: Proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)
* Sharron Williams, SNAICC Chairperson: Racial Discrimination Act should be left well enough alone
* Ghillar (Michael Anderson), Sovereign Union: Australia about to wind back its commitment to CERD Convention
* Australian Human Rights Commission: Close the Gap advises against changes to the Racial Discrimination Act
* Marie McInerney, Croakey - the Crikey health blog: Racial Discrimination Act changes: they’ll make people sick
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA)
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: No Case for Change to the RDA, a fundamental racial protection
* Michelle Lovegrove, Living Black Radio: Uniting Over Racial Discrimination [Les Malezer speaks with Joanna Lester]
* Greg Dyett, SBS World News Radio: Community groups await result of RDA campaign
* Reconciliation Australia: Submission to the Attorney-General - Proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975
* Bindi Cole, The Guardian: I took Andrew Bolt to court - because free speech should never mean the right to savagely hurt others
* Daniel Burdon, The Chronicle: Nova Peris warns Abbott on Racial Discrimination Act
* Michael Gordon, SMH: Noel Pearson warns RDA changes will embolden bigots
* ANTaR: No compelling reason to amend the Racial Discrimination Act
* ANTaR: ANTaR responds to the Attorney General's Freedom of Speech Exposure Draft
* Michelle Lovegrove, Living Black Radio: Have Your Say Over Race Hate Laws [Featuring Amnesty's Indigenous Rights Manager Tammy Solonec]
* Human Rights Law Centre: Changes to racial vilification laws a backwards step
* Michelle Lovegrove, Living Black Radio: Legal Analysis Criticises Proposed Race Law Changes [Featuring Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director Hugh de Krester]
* Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania: Australia must not enable bigots and racists
* Greens Senators Penny Wright and Richard Di Natale: Saying no to racial hate speech
* Greens Senator Penny Wright: No hate speech
* James Supple, Solidarity Online: Liberals' aim to boost racism, not free speech
* Frances Bell, ABC News: NSW and Victoria join forces to oppose Coalition changes to Racial Discrimination Act
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: Congress Calls for Conscience Vote on Racism: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples (19 Apr 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/04/18/wgar-news-congress-calls-for-conscien...
"Contents:
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress Calls for Conscience Vote on Racism
* The Australian: Indigenous call for racism conscience vote
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Close the Gap warns of impact of RDA changes
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Joint Statement: Leaders reject proposed RDA changes
* National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Joint Statement: Coalition MP breaks ranks on Sect 18C
* Background to National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
* Let's Talk: Callum Clayton-Dixon speaks to Pat Etock, Irene Watson, Michael Mansell and Aamer Rahman about the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act
* Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham about the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act
* Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese: Concerns over Govt's Planned Changes to Racial Discrimination Act
* Michael Gordon, SMH: Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt breaks ranks with Coalition on racial discrimination laws
* Chris Bourke MLA: Roundtable on Racial Discrimination Protections
* "The Roundtable urged individuals and organisations to also make submissions to the Brandis review"
* ABC News: Kimberley MP warns against changing Racial Discrimination Act
* Australian Human Rights Commission: Overwhelming majority reject change to racial vilification law
* CAAMA Radio: We cannot ignore the human question of the debate ...Race Discrimination Commissioner
* Stephanie Anderson, SBS News: Authors and artists speak out against changes to RDA
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: [Michael] Mansell says role of Attorney General is to protect standards for everyone: CAAMA Radio (8 Apr 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/04/07/wgar-news-michael-mansell-says-role-o...
"* CAAMA Radio: Mansell says role of Attorney General is to protect standards for everyone [Michael Mansell on changes to Racial vilification]
* CAAMA Radio: Chairman of NACCHO talks on CAAMA Radio [about changing the federal race discrimination laws]
* ABC News: Aboriginal health group warns against changes to Racial Discrimination Act [Featuring NACCHO]
* SNAICC News: Changes to Racial Discrimination Act will harm society, say leading community agencies and figures
* Human Rights Law Centre: The racial vilification provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act explained
* Amnesty International Australia: Watering down Racial Vilification laws will weaken remedies for those in need
* Annie Hastwell, The Wire: Removing legal protection a step back to the dark past [Featuring Lovette Williams and Steve Goldsmith]
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes
* Gabrielle Easter, The Vine: Top 5 acts of racial discrimination in Australia ... "
[CAAMA: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association]
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]

WGAR News: Repealing the race hate laws isn't 'freedom' to Indigenous people: Siv Parker, The Guardian (31 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/30/wgar-news-repealing-the-race-hate-law...
"Contents:
* Siv Parker, The Guardian: Repealing the race hate laws isn't 'freedom' to Indigenous people
* ABC News: Warren Mundine maintains criticism of Coalition's proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act
* Professor Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission: Proposed changes to the Race Discrimination Act: Bad cases make bad law
* Tim Soutphommasane, Canberra Times: Are we to favour bigotry over the right to live unaffected by it?
* Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission: Bolt case is no reason to change the law: Commissioner
* Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria: Minister vows to protect Victoria's multicultural and multifaith communities from discrimination
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: Bigotry is not OK: NSWALC [New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council]: Tracker (30 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/29/wgar-news-bigotry-is-not-ok-nswalc-ne...
"Contents:
* Tracker: Bigotry is not OK: NSWALC [New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council]
* Deahnna Richardson, Newcastle Herald: Letter: We need to be free of bigotry
* National Indigenous Radio Service: Congress: Indigenous Australians biggest complainants of discrimination
* National Indigenous Radio Service: Mundine hopeful of changing Government's mind on anti-racism laws
* National Indigenous Radio Service: Soutphommasane: No reason to change the Racial Discrimination Act
* ABC News: Greens propose ACT law to bypass federal racial vilification changes
* Gabrielle Chan, The Guardian: George Brandis race law proposals draw Coalition criticism
* Pauline Vetuna, The Plebeian: Brandis' fight for the right to SPREAD FALSEHOODS to further bigoted agendas - S18C repeal
* Anne Lu, International Business Times: Holocaust Survivor Moshe Fiszman Begs Prime Minister Tony Abbott Not To Change Racial Discrimination Act
* Bishop Philip Huggins, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne: The Government's response to concerns is welcome
* Steven Lewis, The Australian: Proposed changes would dramatically weaken the Racial Discrimination Act
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: Now is not the time to open the door to bigotry: Dr Tom Calma AO & Melinda Cilento, Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia (29 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/28/wgar-news-now-is-not-the-time-to-open...
"Contents:
* Dr Tom Calma AO & Melinda Cilento, Co-Chairs of Reconciliation Australia: Now is not the time to open the door to bigotry
* ABC Lateline: Proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act need to be redrafted [Featuring Gillian Triggs, President of the Human Rights Commission]
* Robert Crawford, South Coast Register: Local leader condemns race hate law change [Featuring Aboriginal leader Gerry Moore]
* Heath Aston, The Wimmera Mail-Times: Adam Goodes speaks out against Racial Discrimination Act changes
* News Ltd: Explained: The changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, and how it will affect you [Featuring Adam Goodes]
* News Ltd: Indigenous Advisory Council head Warren Mundine fears proposed laws would allow public displays of bigotry
* Dr Andre Oboler, Online Hate Prevention Institute: Racial discrimination: they just don't get it
* ABC News: 'Serious concerns' prompt Victoria to lobby against Discrimination Act changes
* ABC News: Racial Discrimination Act: 'Bigotry should never be sanctioned', says NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell
* Maria Galinovic, The Leader: Have your say on proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act
* Lisa Cox, The Age: Holocaust denial: Tony Abbott, George Brandis unable to say how race-hate law changes would work
* Pro Bono News: Brandis Backs Down on Bigotry
* Annie Hastwell, The Wire: When does humiliation become discrimination?
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act: Ray Jackson, President, ISJA: Sovereign Union (28 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/27/wgar-news-gutting-the-racial-discrimi...
"Contents:
* Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association: Sovereign Union: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act
* Dr Chelsea Bond, ABC Indigenous: Andrew Bolt isn't a racist, but ...
* Congress: Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion
* National Congress (congress mob) on Twitter: Submissions on changes to #RDA can be sent to s18cconsultation@ag.gov.au
* Tara Callinan, NITV News: Data shows Aussies believe it should be unlawful to make racial insults: Researcher
* David Liddle, NITV News: Watch: Indigenous community in Queensland town of Logan react to planned changes to race laws
* Dr Naomi Priest & Dr Dominique Allen: Croakey - the Crikey health blog: Why changing the Racial Discrimination Act is a public health issue
* James Massola & Jonathan Swan, Sunraysia Daily: Backlash over George Brandis' racial discrimination repeal
* Michael Danby, The Guardian: George Brandis has given Australia's racists a free rein
* Pro Bono News: Community Leaders Reject Changes to Race Hate Laws
* ABC News: Racial Discrimination Act amendment: Warren Mundine warns against changes, labels George Brandis's bigotry comment 'bizarre'
* NIRS: Government attacked in Question Time on racism laws changes
* NIRS: Government to consult on proposed Racial Discrimination Act changes
* Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes"

WGAR News: ... (18 Mar 14)
http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/17/wgar-news-health-impacts-of-racism-je...
"Contents: ...
* Ron Sutton, SBS World News Radio: PM advised against Race Discrimination Act changes ... "

WGAR News: Pleas for strong and effective racial vilification laws: Santilla Chingaipe, SBS Radionews (16 Dec 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/15/wgar-news-pleas-for-strong-and-effect...
"Contents:
* Santilla Chingaipe, SBS Radionews: Pleas for strong and effective racial vilification laws [Featuring The Law Centre's Hugh de Kreteser]
* Malarndirri McCarthy, NITV News: Over 150 groups rally against changes to racial discrimination laws ... "

WGAR News: Living Black Radio's Marc Tong interviews Kirstie Parker: Congress Opposes RDA Amendments (2 Dec 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/12/02/wgar-news-living-black-radios-marc-to...
"Contents:
* SBS Living Black Radio's Marc Tong interviews Co-Chair of Congress Kirstie Parker: Congress Opposes RDA Amendments
* Geoffrey Brahm Levey & Helen Pringle, ABC The Drum: Why the 'Bolt laws' should stay
* ABC Lateline: "Professor Gillian Triggs, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission discusses freedom of speech."
* Marina Freri, SBS Radionews: Groups combine to oppose Racial Discrimination Act change
* Brooke Boney, NITV News: Attorney-General under fire over Racial Discrimination Act ... "

WGAR News: ... (24 Nov 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/23/wgar-news-interview-john-pilger-expos...
"Contents: ...
* Angus McAllen, Green Left: How to fight racism in Australia
* Brooke Boney, NITV News: Attorney-General under fire over Racial Discrimination Act
* Kristina Kukolja, SBS Radionews: Racial Discrimination Act plans 'should be transparent'
* Jonathan Swan, Canberra Times: Indigenous, ethnic groups unite against law changes
* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: Destroying 18C will give rise to "race hate" ... "

WGAR News: Tony Abbott wants to repeal Racial Discrimination laws: Pedestrian TV (17 Nov 13)
http://indymedia.org.au/2013/11/16/wgar-news-tony-abbott-wants-to-repeal...
Contents:
* Pedestrian TV: Tony Abbott wants to repeal Racial Discrimination laws
* The Wire: Andrew Bolt, racial discrimination and free speech [Featuring Dr Mark McMillan - Wiradjuri man]
* Suresh Rajan, The Stringer: Brandis, Bolt and a whole lot of other B's!
* Barry Everingham, Independent Australia: Abbott Government acts swiftly to legalise racism
* Jessica Wright, The Sydney Morning Herald: George Brandis to repeal 'Bolt laws' on racial discrimination ... "

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