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Formal opposition of proposed amendments to the RDA

The following is the text of my email to S18Cconsultation@ag.gov.au. While I doubt Brandis will take any of the submissions on board, I still had to write in.

Maybe my thoughts will assist you in writing your own email…..
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To Whom It May Concern


I am writing to formally lodge my complaint with the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) as outlined in the Attorney-General’s media release dated 25 March 2014.


As a individual having undertaken a Bachelor of Laws and a graduate diploma of Legal Practice with a predominant focus on human rights, I can see that the changes that have been outlined can and will be exploited to the detriment of minority peoples, i.e. those that the Act seeks to protect, by both the ignorant and the hateful members of our society.


It is my belief that we should not let the myth of blanketed freedom of speech (that we have inherited from our adoration of the United States) come at the cost of those in our society that are least equipped to be able to assert their rights and defend themselves under other areas of law (that in and of themselves are quite limited in terms of the ability to redress a situation) like defamation.


As a voting citizen, a tax payer, a lawyer and a woman who is a proud Aboriginal person who seeks to create a future where I can have children who will have all of the protections that our legislature can and should afford, I urge you not to move forward with any amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, let alone those that have been proposed.


If you would like further information on my arguments against this decision, please don’t hesitate in contacting me on 04XX XXX XXX.


Yours faithfully


Ebony

Media Release from the Australian Attorney-General, 25 March 2014

Media Release from the Australian Attorney-General, 25 March 2014

The below text is an unedited (with the exception of providing a space where it needed to be – I mean, couldn’t one Lib staffer proof read this before it went to print?!) and released today. Needless to say I will be doing all I can to actively oppose this change.

Said in the Australian Federal Parliament yesterday...

Said in the Australian Federal Parliament yesterday…

Racial Discrimination Act

25 March 2014

The Government Party Room this morning…

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Opinion feature: Celeste Liddle on being ‘black’ and fair-skin privilege

Opinion feature: Celeste Liddle on being ‘black’ and fair-skin privilege

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If you’re interested in anything to do with feminism or Indigenous issues in Australia and you haven’t heard of Celeste Liddle aka Utopiana aka the Aboriginal Feminist Ranter, then you’re welcome for this introduction!

Celeste is an Arrentewoman who now resides in Melbourne and writes articles and blog posts that seriously make me go on a tweeting, facebooking, phone your mother and tell her…

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I wish

I had the time and the capacity to articulate my feelings on this new chapter of Bolt revolt.

After sitting at the computer screen for 15 minutes typing and then deleting a pile of emotional dribble, I provide you with the following links that I shall call Deadly Bloggers saying the shit that I can’t seem to say but wholeheartedly support:

- She can’t help being deadly by 1DeadlyNation; and

- Anita, we support you by BlondeInk.

Among the many race-obsessed expressions in his offensive, and now, unlawful, columns was the accusation that the defendants, all ”fair-skinned” Aboriginal people, claimed to be Aboriginal to receive certain benefits. As every person who has been raised by an Aboriginal parent knows, we must be ”twice as good as the white man” to finish school and get a job and suffer endless racist slurs while doing so from idiots who say things like, ”You don’t look Aboriginal. Why don’t you identify as white?”

What are our children and grandchildren to say to these fools? Deny their mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, and other family members because one of Bolt’s ilk is offended by their Aboriginal identity?