Prime Minister Turnbull wants to change our Racial Discrimination Act to increase freedom of speech (1). I have never heard any Australian complain that we have a freedom of speech problem, so this makes no sense whatsoever. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce agrees, stating that our Racial Discrimination Act is not a problem (3).
But the proposed changes would be.
ABC News reports the following exchange (1) during parliament question time:
Labor MP Anne Aly sought to clarify what the Prime Minister meant by increasing freedom of speech. “As someone who has been subjected to racism time and time again … please give me an answer: What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” she asked.
The Prime Minister deflected, saying Australians were entitled to speak freely. “It is one of our fundamental rights and we are…
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