Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, announced today that he has dumped plans to repeal Section 18C of Racial Discrimination Act.
He said that he wants to work with communities as part of “Team Australia”.
This is very sensible and very welcome!
Of the 4100 submissions in regards to Sec 18C, 76% were against the repeal or any tempering of Section 18C.
Ethnic communities were overwhelmingly against the repeal. These included Chinese, Arabic, Jewish, Indians and many others.
ALP leaders, especially NSW Leader of Opposition, John Robertson, and most Liberal Party leaders, especially Premiers of NSW (Mike Baird) and Victoria (Denis Napthine), Craig Lundy (Reid MP), Matt Kean (Hornsby MP), Geoff Lee (Parramatta MP) and Alex Hawke (Mitchell MP) were opposed to the proposal to repeal Sec 18C.
NSW Community Relations Commission (CRC) too took a stand against this repeal proposal. CRC chief, Vic Alhadeff, took a prominent leadership role in opposing this repeal proposal.
From our side, my friends and I ran a campaign via Social media and Blog post.
My post (http://tinyurl.com/pqfv8ct) was forwarded to more than 15000 people of Indian Australian Community, with overwhelming support to oppose the repeal. I encouraged my fellow community members to forward the Blog post to their network and send their submissions to the Attorney General, Senator George Brandis.
My Blog post was also published in many Australian newspapers. Hills News, Penrith City Gazette and Blacktown Sun were the most prominent among them.
I am pleased that repeal proposal has been dumped.
Prime Minister deserves a thank you and people who campaigned against the repeal deserve a special “thank you and well done”.
Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/5th Aug, 2014