Federal Cabinet has come to an agreement on its proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, opting to debate the dramatic alteration of the Act’s highly contested wording.
As it stands, the Act makes it an offence to “to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people” based on their “race, colour or national or ethnic origin.”
Proponents of the change believe determining if language has the possibility to “harass” someone will supposedly rely on more objective measures than arguing if the language can offend, insult or humiliate. The goal? To protect what supporters believe to be their free speech rights.