Fairfield Council opposes changes to RDA


TIST-LOGO 3Fairfield council opposes changes to RDA Under the proposed review, the words offend, insult, humiliate would be replaced with vilify

which means to incite hatred.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said the amendment had huge implications for the

“Being an immigrant myself I fear this bill will lower the bar to what is classed as offensive

and inappropriate behaviour,” said Mayor Carbone.

“Freedom of speech is an important right to uphold. So too is freedom from racial abuse.

These two civil rights are protected under the current Racial Discrimination Act 1975,

without the need to repeal Section 18C and Sections 18B, 18D and 18E.

“A significant number of local ethnic groups are concerned that the proposed amendments

will undo the success of multiculturalism and reconciliation in Australia and we may see

insults become acceptable behaviour under the law.”

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Ashok Kumar is an accomplished journalist with over 38 years of experience in the profession in various capacities. He was a sub-editor in Patriot and later Chief Sub-editor in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He has several published articles and reports in Patriot and HT. Published reports in The Blacktown Sun in Sydney. He had also been a tutor in journalism in the University of Western Sydney. He is currently Editor at The Indian Sub-continent Times, Sydney.

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