Changes In Australia's Racial Discrimination Act 1975

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Will the Changes in Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act 1975 make Austrarian citizens vulnerable to being unfairly discriminated against or humiliated due to their race? Introduction Rutton (2013: 12) points out that Australian Prime minister and Attorney General, Tonny Abbott and George Brandis respectively, are seeking to repeal the section 18c in the racial discrimination act 1975. The changes include scrapping off Section 18c of the Act. Section 18c of racial discrimination Act 1975 protects persons and groups of people of different race or national or ethnic origin from being insulted, humiliated, offended or intimidated. Inherently, Australia is a multicultural society and each person should have a right of feeling welcome. Rutton (2013: 10) reports that he has witnessed discrimination based upon race in Australia. If the changes are effected, then people from other races will be subject to humiliation, just because of their race. The proposed changes makes unlawful acts that will intimidate by means of causing fear or physical violence. Clearly, this does not protect vulnerable people from being unfairly discriminated against or humiliated due to their race or national or ethnic origin

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