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Minority protections maintained, Racial Discrimination Act to remain strong

August 7th 2014

The Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander, says the Federal Government’s decision to keep protections for minority groups in the Racial Discrimination Act is an example of politicians and communities working together in “this great democracy”.

“I applaud the strong leadership of Prime Minister, Tony Abbott for taking the decision to maintain strong legal protections against racial insults and humiliation,” said Mr Alexander.

“As a Liberal Member of Parliament and representative for the people of Bennelong I worked actively in opposition to proposed changes that would have watered down the protections for ethnic minorities. I was very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Attorney General Senator Brandis to meet on multiple occasions and outline my concerns.”

“The release of the exposure draft legislation for public submissions, and the final result, has highlighted a transparent democratic process where the people of Australia directly contribute to policy development. I am proud to be part of a team working to ensure that there is no place for racial hate or bigotry in Bennelong – or anywhere else in Australia,” Mr Alexander said.

“This outcome is a clear example of the Federal Government working with and listening to the community to ensure racial hate and bigotry is never accepted under any circumstances. Racism has no place in Australia,” John Alexander concluded.