Section 18C changes losing crossbench support
Controversial changes to Australia’s race hate laws are set to be killed off by Senate crossbenchers.
Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, currently makes it illegal to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate a person on the basis of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin. The proposed changes would essentially remove this protection.
The issue will be discussed in a party room meeting in Canberra this morning, however, with Nick Xenophon Team senators indicating that they would not support the changes, it’s unlikely that the Coalition will progress with the changes.
The Government is proposing that the words “offend” and “insult” be replaced with “harass”. A suggestion to drop the word “humiliate” is losing support within the Coalition.
What do you think? Should the clause be left as is or are the changes important?