It was recently announced by the new Commonwealth government that they are intending amend certain sections of the Racial Discrimination Act in order to discourage litigation, particularly when it comes to free speech.
We at the Critical Classroom (and Iscariot Media) do not agree with any amendments that make it okay to vilify, insult and offend Aboriginal people. We did not, and to not now, agree with the position taken by a certain “journalist” in relation to Aboriginal people who have fair skin.
We have written letters to Senator Brandis (the Attorney-General), The Hon Josh Fryndenberg MP (Parliamentary Secretary), the Hon Bill Shorten (Leader of the Opposition), Senator Christine Milne (Leader of the Greens), and the Hon Wayne Swan (the member who represents our electorate).
We encourage other Australians to stand up make your opinions known about how this law will impact on our communities.
- The Bolt Case: Silencing Speech or Promoting Tolerance by Bibhu Aggarwal, chapter in More or Less Democracy and New Media (2012)
- Our letters of concern – grab the letter, add your details and send them off to.
- ‘Free speech’ is no excuse for racist comments by Celeste Liddle
- Call to Action by Ebony Allen
- Being a jackhole is not a human right by Mark Fletcher
- Coalition’s change to racial vilification laws kow-tows to media mates by Irfan Yusuf
- Why racial hatred laws are vital to Australian multiculturalism by Gillian Triggs in The Conversation
- Indigenous, ethnic groups unit against law changes by Jonathan Swan (The Age)
Other useful resources
As further articles and activities happen, we’ll keep you posted.