Racial Discrimination ACT

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So in recent times, the attorney general of Australia has voiced loud and clear that he wants section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act amended. What does that actually mean you may ask?

Allow me to explain, Attorney General George Brandis wants to change an existing securable Act of Parliament. Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 currently states that:(1) It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if

(a) the act is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people; and

(b) the act is done because of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of the other person or of some or all of the people in the group.

However, Mr Brandis would like to "delete" the terms offend, humiliate and insult, leaving the term intimidate as is.

The proposal is renown as the freedom of speech bill 2014. According to the bill, the word intimidate will be narrowly defined as - an act that is likely to cause fear of physical harm with no mentions to psychological harm. Now, let's reflect for a moment. For those of you fair-skinned people, I express my greatest empathy for you, as you will never fully understand what it is like to be discriminated against on the basis of your skin colour.

As the majority ethnic group in this country, it would be very rare for you to be discriminated against at a job interview or just out in the public. The reality that you must consider is how we, the minority ethnicities in Australia, are effected by the exclusions from opportunities simply because we have been brought into this world with dark skin or yellow skin and...