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      Date: 27 March 2014 17:37
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Australia: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act: Ray Jackson, President, ISJA: Sovereign Union
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      Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act:
      Ray Jackson, President, ISJA: Sovereign Union


      Newsletter date: 28 March 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/27/wgar-news-gutting-the-racial-discrimination-act-ray-jackson-president-isja-sovereign-unio

      Contents:

      * Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association: Sovereign Union: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act
      * Dr Chelsea Bond, ABC Indigenous: Andrew Bolt isn't a racist, but ...
      * Congress: Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion
      * National Congress (congress mob) on Twitter: Submissions on changes to #RDA can be sent to s18cconsultation@...
      * Tara Callinan, NITV News: Data shows Aussies believe it should be unlawful to make racial insults: Researcher
      * David Liddle, NITV News: Watch: Indigenous community in Queensland town of Logan react to planned changes to race laws
      * Dr Naomi Priest & Dr Dominique Allen: Croakey - the Crikey health blog: Why changing the Racial Discrimination Act is a public health issue
      * James Massola & Jonathan Swan, Sunraysia Daily: Backlash over George Brandis' racial discrimination repeal
      * Michael Danby, The Guardian: George Brandis has given Australia's racists a free rein
      * Pro Bono News: Community Leaders Reject Changes to Race Hate Laws
      * ABC News: Racial Discrimination Act amendment: Warren Mundine warns against changes, labels George Brandis's bigotry comment 'bizarre'
      * NIRS: Government attacked in Question Time on racism laws changes
      * NIRS: Government to consult on proposed Racial Discrimination Act changes
      * Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes


      * RAY JACKSON, PRESIDENT OF THE INDIGENOUS SOCIAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION:
      SOVEREIGN UNION:
      GUTTING THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Sovereign Union: Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act: Ray Jackson
      http://nationalunitygovernment.org/content/gutting-racial-discrimination-act-ray-jackson
      "Below are three articles, two relative to the
      Abbott/Brandis plans to gut the racial discrimination act
      to make it legally possible for racial, religious, gender,
      and other discriminatory acts to be perpetrated against
      those falling into these categories. The third article
      sets out why it must remain whole. Relative to Aborigines
      and Torres Strait Islanders who have historically suffered
      since the invasion with the outcomes of these hate crimes
      we know that attacks from Bolt and his ilk will be as
      nothing to what we will be in for. Bolt, of course,
      receives far too much media coverage ... "
      By Ray Jackson,
      President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association


      * DR CHELSEA BOND, ABC INDIGENOUS:
      ANDREW BOLT ISN'T A RACIST, BUT ...



      - Analysis / Opinion

      ABC Indigenous: Andrew Bolt isn't a racist, but ...
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-25/andrew-bolt-isnt-a-racist-but/5344286/?site=indigenous&topic=latest
      25 Mar 14: "The Coalition's push to make changes to the
      Racial Discrimination Act was in part a response to a court
      ruling that Andrew Bolt had breached the Act over his
      comments about Aboriginal Australians. Here, Chelsea Bond
      revisits the newspaper columnist's treatment of
      Aboriginality, explaining that race is more than skin
      deep. ... Andrew Bolt may not be racist ... but his
      obsession with, and expectations of Aboriginal bodies and
      minds is ... well, no comment ... " Dr Chelsea Bond,
      an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian,
      a senior lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Studies Unit at the University of Queensland


      * CONGRESS:
      PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RDA THREATEN RACIAL COHESION


      - Media Release

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples:
      Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion

      http://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      25 Mar 14: "The elected representative body for Aboriginal
      and Torres Strait Islander peoples says Federal Government
      plans to abolish important legislative protections for the
      racially vulnerable threaten decades of hard work to build
      positive race relations in Australia.
      The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
      (Congress) rejects the government’s Freedom of Speech
      (Repeal of S. 18D) Bill 2014, which seeks to amend the
      Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Attorney General George
      Brandis released the Bill today after its endorsement by
      the Coalition party room.
      Congress has pursued a vigorous campaign to dissuade
      federal parliamentarians from watering down the nation’s
      racial discrimination laws.
      "Standing proudly alongside representatives of
      Australia’s Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Arab, Armenian and
      Korean communities, Congress has argued the views and
      experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
      peoples strongly to Government," said Congress Co-Chair
      Kirstie Parker. ... "


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS (CONGRESS MOB) ON TWITTER:
      SUBMISSIONS ON CHANGES TO #RDA CAN BE SENT TO s18cconsultation@...



      - Info

      National Congress (congress mob) on Twitter
      https://twitter.com/congressmob/status/448699130085249024
      "Let’s make sure our #StrongBlackVoices are heard.
      Submissions on changes to #RDA can be sent to s18cconsultation@....
      #Keep18C "


      - Related Audio

      NIRS: Government to consult on proposed Racial Discrimination Act changes
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/33058/Government-to-consult-on-proposed-Racial-Discrimination-Act-changes.html
      26 Mar 14: "The Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis,
      says its draft legislation to change the Racial
      Discrimination Act will be open to a period of community
      consultation of one month."


      * TARA CALLINAN, NITV NEWS:
      DATA SHOWS AUSSIES BELIEVE IT SHOULD BE UNLAWFUL TO MAKE RACIAL INSULTS:
      RESEARCHER



      - News

      NITV News: Data shows Aussies believe it should be unlawful to make racial insults: Researcher
      By Tara Callinan; Source NITV News
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/26/data-shows-aussies-believe-it-should-be-unlawful-make-racial-insults-researcher
      26 Mar 14: " ... one of Australia's largest studies of
      racism shows most people believe it should be unlawful to
      humiliate or insult a person based on their race or
      ethnicity. Members of the public are being urged to have
      their say on the government's planned changes for the
      Racial Discrimination Act. Professor Kevin Dunn from the
      University of Western Sydney says data collected from his
      ‘Challenging Racism' research project does not correlate
      with recent statements made by Attorney-General George
      Brandis. "85 per cent of Australians agree that we need
      anti-racism, that we need to confront racism. So most
      people in fact are not comfortable at all with bigotry
      and they perceive it as uncivil and something that in
      fact we shouldn’t have," said Mr Dunn. ... "


      - Related Research and News

      University of Western Sydney:
      Racism survey shows public supports existing Racial Discrimination Act

      http://www.uws.edu.au/newscentre/news_centre/feature_story/australias_largest_study_on_racism_shows_public_supports_existing_racial_discrimination_act
      26 Mar 14: "In a recent survey, 2100 respondents were asked
      whether it should be unlawful to humiliate, insult, offend
      or intimidate someone according to their race, with the
      results showing:
      * Offend - 66% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful
      * Insult - 72% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful
      * Humiliate - 74% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful
      * Intimidate - 79% of participants agreed or strongly agreed it should be unlawful"


      * DAVID LIDDLE, NITV NEWS:
      WATCH:
      INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY IN QUEENSLAND TOWN OF LOGAN REACT TO PLANNED CHANGES TO RACE LAWS



      - Video

      NITV News: Watch: Indigenous community in Queensland town of Logan react to planned changes to race laws
      [scroll down page] http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/03/26/data-shows-aussies-believe-it-should-be-unlawful-make-racial-insults-researcher
      26 Mar 14


      * DR NAOMI PRIEST & DR DOMINIQUE ALLEN:
      CROAKEY - THE CRIKEY HEALTH BLOG:
      WHY CHANGING THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Croakey - the Crikey health blog:
      Why changing the Racial Discrimination Act is a public health issue

      [scroll down page] http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2014/03/24/the-racial-discrimination-act-needs-strengthening-not-weakening-a-public-health-perspective/
      24 Mar 14: "Dr Naomi Priest and Dr Dominique Allen write:
      Several incidents of racist abuse on public transport and
      towards prominent sports stars, a Federal Court finding
      that a high profile journalist breached racial vilification
      laws, and two new human rights commissioners with different
      views about freedom of speech have focused our attention on
      federal racial vilification laws. ...
      As with any complex problem, a complex solution is
      required to tackle racism. Best practice in anti-racism
      requires multi-level, mutually reinforcing strategies
      across contexts and settings. The law is clearly an
      important part of anti-racism. The Racial Discrimination
      Act must be improved so that it can effectively tackle
      persistent discrimination. ... "

      "Dr Naomi Priest is a Senior Research Fellow in the
      Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University.
      Dr Dominique Allen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law,
      Deakin University"


      - Analysis / Opinion

      Croakey - the Crikey health blog:
      The Racial Discrimination Act needs strengthening - not weakening: a public health perspective

      http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2014/03/24/the-racial-discrimination-act-needs-strengthening-not-weakening-a-public-health-perspective/
      24 Mar 14: "We are having the wrong debate about the Racial
      Discrimination Act. Rather than moving to water it down, we
      should be investigating how the Act might be strengthened
      in order to reduce the public health burden of racism. This
      argument is made below by Deakin University academics,
      Dr Naomi Priest, a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for
      Citizenship and Globalisation, and Dr Dominique Allen,
      a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law."  Melissa Sweet,
      Health journalist and Croakey co-ordinator


      * JAMES MASSOLA & JONATHAN SWAN, SUNRAYSIA DAILY:
      BACKLASH OVER GEORGE BRANDIS' RACIAL DISCRIMINATION REPEAL



      - Analysis / Opinion

      Sunraysia Daily: Backlash over George Brandis' racial discrimination repeal
      http://www.sunraysiadaily.com.au/story/2175526/backlash-over-george-brandis-racial-discrimination-repeal/?cs=12
      26 Mar 14: "Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing a storm of
      protest from religious and ethnic groups, human rights
      organisations and sections of his own backbench over
      sweeping changes to race-hate laws which have pleased
      right-wing commentator Andrew Bolt. ... Labor, the Greens
      and ethnic groups all criticised Senator Brandis' "public
      discussion" exemption, while the Australian Human Rights
      Commission president Gillian Triggs argued the exemption
      was "so broad it is difficult to see any circumstances in
      public that these protections would apply"."
      By James Massola, Jonathan Swan


      * MICHAEL DANBY, THE GUARDIAN:
      GEORGE BRANDIS HAS GIVEN AUSTRALIA'S RACISTS A FREE REIN



      - Analysis / Opinion

      The Guardian: George Brandis has given Australia's racists a free rein
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/25/george-brandis-has-given-australias-racists-a-free-rein
      25 Mar 14: "The right's 'freedom fighters' have their wish
      – law 18C is effectively finished after 19 years protecting
      and conciliating vulnerable members of our pluralist
      society ... In 1995, during Paul Keating’s prime
      ministership, section 18C was introduced into the Racial
      Discrimination Act. ... Senator Brandis has proposed major
      changes. The reason for the current government’s change of
      heart appears to be almost solely as a result of the
      successful case brought against the government’s most
      valiant tribune, Mr Andrew Bolt." Michael Danby,
      the Federal Member for Melbourne Ports


      * PRO BONO NEWS:
      COMMUNITY LEADERS REJECT CHANGES TO RACE HATE LAWS



      - News

      Pro Bono News: Community Leaders Reject Changes to Race Hate Laws
      http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2014/03/community-leaders-reject-changes-race-hate-laws#
      20 Mar 14: "Not for Profits and ethnic community
      representatives have expressed their “vehement opposition”
      to proposed changes to sections of the Racial
      Discrimination Act by the Federal Government. ...
      "These changes would mean that the Federal Government has
      decided to license the public humiliation of people
      because of their race," a spokesperson for the group said.
      "It would send a signal that people may spout racist abuse
      in public, no matter how unreasonably and dishonestly.
      It would be astonishing if an Australian government in the
      21st century was prepared to embrace such a morally
      repugnant position. ... ""


      * ABC NEWS:
      RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT AMENDMENT:
      WARREN MUNDINE WARNS AGAINST CHANGES,
      LABELS GEORGE BRANDIS'S BIGOTRY COMMENT 'BIZARRE'



      - News

      ABC News: Racial Discrimination Act amendment:
      Warren Mundine warns against changes, labels George Brandis's bigotry comment 'bizarre'

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-26/mundine-critical-of-proposed-changes-to-racial-discrimination-a/5345742
      26 Mar 14: "AM: The man chosen by Prime Minister Tony
      Abbott to head his Indigenous Advisory Council has warned
      against changing Australia's racial discrimination laws.
      Indigenous Advisory Council chairman Warren Mundine said
      Attorney-General George Brandis's recent comment about
      people "having the right to be bigots" was "quite bizarre".
      And he said the Government's planned changes to the Racial
      Discrimination Act would make no difference to the racial
      abuse suffered by him and others on a regular basis."


      * NIRS:
      GOVERNMENT ATTACKED IN QUESTION TIME ON RACISM LAWS CHANGES



      - Audio

      NIRS: Government attacked in Question Time on racism laws changes
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/33054/Government-attacked-in-Question-Time-on-racism-laws-changes.html
      26 Mar 14: "Labor and the Greens used Question Time in
      Parliament yesterday to attack the Federal Government on
      proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act."


      * NIRS:
      GOVERNMENT TO CONSULT ON PROPOSED RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT CHANGES



      - Audio

      NIRS: Government to consult on proposed Racial Discrimination Act changes
      http://www.nirs.org.au/blog/NEWS/article/33058/Government-to-consult-on-proposed-Racial-Discrimination-Act-changes.html
      26 Mar 14: "The Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis,
      says its draft legislation to change the Racial
      Discrimination Act will be open to a period of community
      consultation of one month."


      - Related Info

      National Congress (congress mob) on Twitter
      https://twitter.com/congressmob/status/448699130085249024
      "Let’s make sure our #StrongBlackVoices are heard.
      Submissions on changes to #RDA can be sent to s18cconsultation@....
      #Keep18C "


      * BACKGROUND:
      OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT (RDA) CHANGES


      Last updated: 27 March 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2014/03/27/background-opposition-to-proposed-racial-discrimination-act-rda-changes

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