Consultation begins on vilification protection laws
Australian Labor Party
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Law; Racial discrimination
Northern Territory Opposition
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Northern Territory Opposition - Australian Labor Party
2 1. Executive summary Territory Labor presents this discussion paper for consideration and discussion across the Territory on how we can work together to send a clear signal that racial vilification is not acceptable in the Territory. In this paper we call for public comment from Territorians on a proposal for a Private Members Bill to include racial vilification protection in the Anti-Discrimination Act of the Northern Territory. This paper presents an overview of current anti-discrimination legislation in the Territory and other Australian jurisdictions. The Territory is the only jurisdiction which does not have anti-vilification provisions in legislation. Racial vilification is a real issue on our streets, in our schools and on the internet and it needs to be tackled across the Territory. The federal government has flagged an intention to wind back federal laws against racial vilification which would leave a significant gap in the necessary legal protections from discrimination and would leave Territorians unprotected from racial hatred. All laws, but particularly those dealing with discrimination are not only prescriptive but also have educational and symbolic functions. Territory Labor has a proud track record in government and this discussion paper seeks comment from Territorians on ways to build upon that legacy. For more than a century, the Australian Labor Party has been a strong advocate of equality, fairness, growth and reform in Australia. The Leader of the Opposition, Delia Lawrie MLA, will consult with the community and stakeholders to develop a Private Members Bill to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory to implement protections against racial vilification. Territory Labor wants to hear from you on our proposal for an amendment to the Anti-Discrimination Act to make it unlawful to incite hatred towards, serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person or groups on the grounds of race.
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