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.”