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      Date: 18 April 2014 21:16
      Subject: [WGAR-news] Congress Calls for Conscience Vote on Racism: National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
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      Congress Calls for Conscience Vote on Racism:
      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples


      Newsletter date: 19 April 2014

      This newsletter: http://indymedia.org.au/2014/04/18/wgar-news-congress-calls-for-conscience-vote-on-racism-national-congress-of-australias-fi

      Contents:

      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress Calls for Conscience Vote on Racism
      * The Australian: Indigenous call for racism conscience vote
      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Close the Gap warns of impact of RDA changes
      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion
      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Joint Statement: Leaders reject proposed RDA changes
      * National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Joint Statement: Coalition MP breaks ranks on Sect 18C
      * Background to National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

      * Let's Talk: Callum Clayton-Dixon speaks to Pat Etock, Irene Watson, Michael Mansell and Aamer Rahman about the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act
      * Let's Talk's Tiga Bayles interviews Chris Graham about the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act
      * Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese: Concerns over Govt's Planned Changes to Racial Discrimination Act
      * Michael Gordon, SMH: Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt breaks ranks with Coalition on racial discrimination laws
      * Chris Bourke MLA: Roundtable on Racial Discrimination Protections
      * "The Roundtable urged individuals and organisations to also make submissions to the Brandis review"
      * ABC News: Kimberley MP warns against changing Racial Discrimination Act
      * Australian Human Rights Commission: Overwhelming majority reject change to racial vilification law
      * CAAMA Radio: We cannot ignore the human question of the debate ...Race Discrimination Commissioner
      * Stephanie Anderson, SBS News: Authors and artists speak out against changes to RDA

      * Background: Opposition to proposed Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) changes


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      CONGRESS CALLS FOR CONSCIENCE VOTE ON RACISM



      - Media Release

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Congress Calls for Conscience Vote on Racism
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/congress-calls-for-conscience-vote-on-racism/
      14 Apr 14: "The Board of the National Congress of
      Australia’s First Peoples calls for all members of the
      national parliament to stand up against racism in Australia.
      The proposal by the Attorney General to weaken the Racial
      Discrimination Act is not consistent with the State’s
      obligation to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination
      in Australia.
      The Attorney General has not made the case that Andrew
      Bolt was mistreated under the laws of the country, nor
      that the Bolt case provides evidence that the right to
      freedom of expression should be extended to endorse racial
      bigotry.
      The State has international obligations to promote both
      tolerance and cultural diversity amongst all persons and
      groups in Australia.
      The right to freedom of speech does not extend to a right
      to harm or incite hatred against racial or cultural groups.
      As the chief lawman in the nation the Attorney General
      should not be seen to be condoning or legitimising racism.
      Congress is firmly opposed to any return to the racial
      intolerance and injustices against the Aboriginal and
      Torres Strait Islander peoples, which are forms of abuse
      and oppression that have routinely devastated and denied
      rights for our population over two centuries. ... "


      * THE AUSTRALIAN:
      INDIGENOUS CALL FOR RACISM CONSCIENCE VOTE



      - News

      The Australian: Indigenous call for racism conscience vote
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous-call-for-racism-conscience-vote/story-fn59niix-1226883567341#
      14 Apr 14: "THE Board of the National Congress of
      Australia’s First Peoples _ the peak indigenous group in
      the country _ has called for all members of the national
      parliament to have a conscience vote on the racial
      discrimination act changes. Section 18C of the act makes it
      unlawful to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate on the
      grounds of race, colour or ethnicity. Under draft
      proposals, the government would replace 18C with
      provisions making it unlawful to vilify or intimidate
      others on similar grounds, but with broad exemptions."
      Patricia Karvelas


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      CLOSE THE GAP WARNS OF IMPACT OF RDA CHANGES



      - News

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Close the Gap warns of impact of RDA changes
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/close-the-gap-warns-of-impact-of-rda-changes/
      1 Apr 14: "The Close the Gap Campaign today called on the
      government to rethink the proposed changes to the Racial
      Discrimination Act (RDA) and consider the impact they
      could have on closing the health equality gap. The Campaign
      believes that the RDA provides a vital protection against
      racism and vilification in the community. Campaign Co-Chair
      Kirstie Parker ... "


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RDA THREATEN RACIAL COHESION



      - News

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Proposed changes to the RDA threaten racial cohesion
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/proposed-changes-to-the-rda-threaten-racial-cohesion/
      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, ... "


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      JOINT STATEMENT:
      LEADERS REJECT PROPOSED RDA CHANGES


      - News

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Joint Statement: Leaders reject proposed RDA changes
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/joint-statment-race-hate-laws/
      18 Mar 14: "Community leaders reject mooted changes to race
      hate laws Representatives of the Indigenous, Greek, Jewish,
      Chinese, Arab, Armenian and Korean communities have
      expressed their "vehement opposition" to changes that have
      been mooted to sections of the Racial Discrimination Act
      which prohibit public conduct that is reasonably likely to
      "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" a person ... "


      * NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:
      JOINT STATEMENT:
      COALITION MP BREAKS RANKS ON SECT 18C



      - News

      National Congress of Australia's First Peoples: Joint Statement: Coalition MP breaks ranks on Sect 18C
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/news-pics/
      https://nationalcongress.com.au/joint-statement-4-coalition-mp-breaks-ranks-with-government-on-sect-18c/
      13 Mar 14: "Joint Statement: Coalition MP breaks ranks with
      Federal government on section 18C of the Racial
      Discrimination Act Coalition MP, Craig Laundy, the Federal
      Member for Reid, has come out publicly to oppose any
      changes to sections of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA)
      which prohibit public conduct that is reasonably likely to
      "offend, insult, humiliate or ... ""


      * BACKGROUND TO NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST PEOPLES:

      Last updated: 25 February 2014

      http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-national-congress-of-australia%E2%80%99s-first-peoples


      * LET'S TALK:
      CALLUM CLAYTON-DIXON SPEAKS TO
      PAT ETOCK, IRENE WATSON, MICHAEL MANSELL AND AAMER RAHMAN
      ABOUT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Racial Discrimination Act

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      14 Apr 14: "Callum Clayton-Dixon speaks to Pat Etock,
      Irene Watson, Michael Mansell and Aamer Rahman
      about the
      proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act."
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/racial-discrimination-act/


      * LET'S TALK'S TIGA BAYLES INTERVIEWS CHRIS GRAHAM
      ABOUT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT



      - Audio Interview

      Indigenous radio station 98.9FM Brisbane:
      Let's Talk - Chris Graham

      http://www.989fm.com.au/category/podcasts/lets-talk/
      15 Apr 14: "Freelance Journalist and writer for Tracker
      Magazine. Speaking about the proposed changes to the Racial
      Discrimination Act and the Country Liberal party gaining a
      seat in the Northern Territory’s recent by-election."
      Listen to this interview on-line:
      http://www.989fm.com.au/podcasts/lets-talk/chris-graham-76/


      * CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS, SYDNEY ARCHDIOCESE:
      CONCERNS OVER GOVT'S PLANNED CHANGES TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT



      - News

      Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese: Concerns over Govt's Planned Changes to Racial Discrimination Act
      http://www.sydneycatholic.org/news/latest_news/2014/2014415_945.shtml
      15 Apr 14: "The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) has expressed its deep
      concern over proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination
      Act which would repeal Section 18C which makes it unlawful
      for someone to publicly "offend, insult, humiliate and
      intimidate" a person or group of people. ... Craig Arthur
      points out that while Aboriginal and Torres Strait
      Islanders struggle to protect their children from racism,
      NATSICC firmly believes it is the role of Government to
      ensure these children have "the right to participate and
      live in a society on an equal footing with anyone else." ... "


      * MICHAEL GORDON, SMH:
      ABORIGINAL MP KEN WYATT BREAKS RANKS WITH COALITION ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWS



      - News

      SMH: Aboriginal MP Ken Wyatt breaks ranks with Coalition on racial discrimination laws
      http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/aboriginal-mp-ken-wyatt-breaks-ranks-with-coalition-on-racial-discrimination-laws-20140314-34s2r.html
      15 Apr 14: "Indigenous Coalition MP Ken Wyatt has spoken
      out against the repeal of legislation making it unlawful to
      offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate on the grounds of
      race or ethnicity. Mr Wyatt told Fairfax Media he fears
      that repealing section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act
      would disempower the vulnerable or result in a hardening of
      intolerant attitudes. ... Ethnic, religious and indigenous
      groups and leaders have urged the government to think again."
      Michael Gordon, Political editor, The Age


      * CHRIS BOURKE MLA:
      ROUNDTABLE ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS



      - News

      Chris Bourke MLA: Roundtable on Racial Discrimination Protections
      http://www.chrisbourke.com.au/2014/04/14/roundtable-on-racial-discrimination-protections/
      14 Apr 14: "The Roundtable on Racial Discrimination
      Protections I hosted at the Assembly on Friday focused on
      the Brandis/Bolt changes to the RDA and our protections
      under ACT law from racial vilification and abuse. Thanks to
      all who took part including Rod Little Chair of the ACT
      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, ACT
      Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen
      Watchirs, Law Prof. Simon Rice ANU and Harry Oppermann from
      the Canberra Multicultural Community Forum. In the Assembly
      sittings this Wednesday my motion condemning the proposed
      changes to the Racial Discrimination Act and calling on the
      ACT to make a submission to the Brandis review by April 30
      received tri-partisan support. ... "


      * "THE ROUNDTABLE URGED INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANISATIONS TO ALSO MAKE SUBMISSIONS TO THE BRANDIS REVIEW"


      The Roundtable urged individuals and organisations to also
      make submissions to the Brandis review:

      http://www.ag.gov.au/consultations/Pages/ConsultationsonamendmentstotheRacialDiscriminationAct1975.aspx
      [Submissions close on Wednesday, 30 April 2014]

      [scroll down the page] http://www.chrisbourke.com.au/2014/04/14/roundtable-on-racial-discrimination-protections/


      * ABC NEWS:
      KIMBERLEY MP WARNS AGAINST CHANGING RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT



      - News

      ABC News: Kimberley MP warns against changing Racial Discrimination Act
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-15/kimberley-mp-warns-against-changing-racial/5391652
      15 Apr 14: "Kimberley MP Josie Farrer has joined calls for
      the Federal Government to abandon plans to amend sections
      of the Racial Discrimination Act. The legislation currently
      makes it a crime for people to offend, insult or humiliate
      somebody on racial grounds. The federal Attorney-General is
      pushing to remove those sections. ... "It doesn't matter
      whether we're a different skin person to the next person,
      we should accept each other as we are," she [Josie Farrer]
      said. "We need to keep the laws they've put in place, we
      need to keep them in place because how else will we teach
      our children to respect each other.""


      * AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
      OVERWHELMING MAJORITY REJECT CHANGE TO RACIAL VILIFICATION LAW



      - News

      Australian Human Rights Commission: Overwhelming majority reject change to racial vilification law
      https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/overwhelming-majority-reject-change-racial-vilification-law
      14 Apr 14: "Today’s Nielsen poll showing 88% of respondents
      disagree with the contention that it should be lawful to
      offend, insult or humiliate a person on the basis of race
      is further evidence that changes to the Racial
      Discrimination Act are unwarranted and unwanted, said
      Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim
      Soutphommasane. "There is a high level of opposition to
      plans to water-down the Race Discrimination Act," Dr
      Soutphommasane said. "The overwhelming majority of
      Australians see no need for repealing or amending our racial
      vilification laws. "The Nielsen poll results are consistent
      with the views expressed by multicultural and Indigenous
      communities, human rights organisations, the legal
      profession and many other people I have consulted about
      this issue. ... ""


      * CAAMA RADIO:
      WE CANNOT IGNORE THE HUMAN QUESTION OF THE DEBATE
      ...RACE DISCRIMINATION COMMISSIONER



      - Audio Interview

      CAAMA Radio: We cannot ignore the human question of the debate ...Race Discrimination Commissioner.
      [CAAMA: Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association]
      http://caama.com.au/we-cannot-ignore-the-human-question-of-the-debate-race-discrimation-commissioner
      http://caama.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Race-Relations-Commissioner-Dr-Tim-Soutphommasane-changes-to-racial-vilification-law.mp3
      14 Apr 14: "A new poll showing 88% of respondents disagree
      with the idea  that it should be lawful to offend, insult
      or humiliate a person on the basis of race is further
      evidence that changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are
      unwarranted and unwanted according to  Australia’s Race
      Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane. ... Race
      Relations Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane changes to
      racial vilification law"

      "A first-generation Australian of Chinese and Lao
      extraction, Dr Soutphommasane was raised in southwest
      Sydney. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the
      University of Oxford, from where he also holds a Master
      of Philosophy degree."


      * STEPHANIE ANDERSON, SBS NEWS:
      AUTHORS AND ARTISTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST CHANGES TO RDA



      - Audio

      SBS News: Authors and artists speak out against changes to RDA
      http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/04/17/authors-and-artists-speak-out-against-changes-rda
      17 & 18 Apr 14: "More than 175 Australian authors, artists
      and publishers have lodged a joint submission with the
      Attorney-General’s Department, arguing against the proposed
      changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. ... Signatories
      including academic Eva Cox said the balance between
      upholding freedom of speech while maintaining personal
      protections against racial discrimination had already been
      sufficiently established by the current Act. The
      submission follows a Fairfax-Nielsen poll which found that
      the majority of voters were in the favour of the Act
      remaining as is."
      By Stephanie Anderson, Multimedia journalist, SBS World News


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


      Last updated: 8 April 2014

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

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