Today the ‘right to be a bigot’, as the pompous George Brandis put it, was rebuffed by his own party.
The Liberal Party halted attempts to repeal Section 18 C of the Racial Discrimination Act, after a poll revealed more than 76% of Australian’s were opposed to the repeal.
It’s certainly a win for community campaigning, but to what extent is this a victory?
If we have to fight this hard to preserve the status quot on race issues, is our country really succeeding at all?
Either way I am grateful for this win, and I know many of my friends are too.
Wins for multiculturalism are few and far between under a Liberal Party government. After they cut funding for Deadly Vibe (among many other Indigenous programs), I expected they would push ahead with this ignorant piece of policy too.
While backing down on this policy, Tony Abbott has seized the opportunity to raise the rhetoric around “Data Retention” – forcing ISPs to monitor and store customers data.
Stay tuned tomorrow for my article about Data Retention and why it is an unacceptable proposal.