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18C retention a great win for multicultural Australia

The Australian Greens congratulate multicultural Australia for uniting and standing strong to defend 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
 
"It was so inspiring to see people from right across multicultural Australia come together and fight to protect their communities from racism," Australian Greens spokesperson for Justice Senator Nick McKim said.
 
"It is thanks to these strong communities that the Senate was able to stand against the governments divisive legislation."
 

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Media Release: Multicultural Australia says leave 18C alone

The Greens have hosted a roundtable with representatives of a number of multicultural communities who are concerned about the Government watering down protections against racist hate speech.

Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale and Greens Justice Spokesperson Senator Nick McKim listened to concerns about the rise of racism across Australia.

"Representatives from across multicultural Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were very clear - we must not make it easier to be racist," Senator McKim said.

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Greens defend protections against hate speech

The Greens will always defend protections against hate speech, and resist any weakening of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Greens leader Dr Richard Di Natale said that we have a responsibility as leaders to protect the values of equality, diversity and multiculturalism that make our society so great.

"Malcolm Turnbull has an opportunity here to stand up for the values of inclusion and diversity that we all thought he believed in before he came under such unrelenting pressure from the far-right wing of his party.

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Campaign Against 18C a War on Multiculturalism

The government's campaign against 18C is nothing more than the latest front in the extreme right's attack on multiculturalism, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"This is a culture war masquerading as a free speech crusade," Senator McKim said.

"Yet again, the prime minister looks like bowing to the extreme right of his party and their mates in Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, rather than standing up for multiculturalism."

"This is not about freedom of speech, it's about freedom from consequence."

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Greens pledge to protect 18C as many times as it takes

The Australian Greens say they will keep standing with the community to protect Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, in the face of revelations Prime Minister Turnbull promised yet another attempt at changing it to win his leadership coup over Tony Abbott.

"In his rush to become Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull sold out those who would face discrimination to secure power for himself. It's disgraceful," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"Once again the far Right of the Liberal Party is leading Malcolm Turnbull, instead of the other way around.

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