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Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech | Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia
Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech From Victorian Multicultural, Faith and Community Organisations on behalf of our communities 5 December 2016 Background The multicultural, faith and community organisations listed at the end of this submission, represent a great diversity of the Victorian community. We thank the Australian Government and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights for the opportunity to provide our views and express our concerns regarding changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth). 1. Racial Discrimination Act – Principles (Terms of Reference 1) We have come together in common cause to defend the integrity of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) to ensure that the vulnerable are protected from hate speech and vilification based on race. We believe that any watering down or perceived dilution of the RDA would send the wrong message to potential offenders that