Young Australian boys playing soccer. A multicultural team.

Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

The Commission welcomes today’s release by the Attorney-General of the exposure draft on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.There was an increase in complaints received by the Commission under the Racial Discrimination Act in the previous...
Tuesday 25 March 2014

Harmony Day: celebrate diversity and combat racism

As Australians celebrate cultural diversity on Harmony Day (21 March), we should remain mindful of the impact racism has on our society, according to Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.“Racism has no place in today’s Australia. It...
Friday 21 March 2014

Bolt case is no reason to change the law: Commissioner

For all the talk about a freedom to offend, insult and humiliate others, not everyone recognises that racial vilification can harm free speech by silencing its victims, writes Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.
Friday 21 March 2014

Body of case law provides clarity on 18C: Commissioner

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has a substantial body of case law behind it, with almost 100 judgments and determinations. The law is well settled and critics are wrong to assert that 18C makes the mere 'causing of offence' unlawful,...
Friday 14 March 2014

'Too much heat, not enough light' in free speech debate

Don't assume good speech can overcome bad speech - that is naive optimism, writes Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Southphommasane in The Age."There has been much public debate about the Racial Discrimination Act's provisions concerning racial...
Monday 3 March 2014