Australia to introduce new law to curb hate speech, discrimination

ANTARCTICA’S NEW HATE SPEECH AND DISCRIMINATION LAW will be brought into force this week, as the Federal Government seeks to curb the spread of hate speech and discrimination.

The Bill, which is being rolled out across all Federal Government departments and agencies, comes as the country prepares to celebrate Christmas, which some believe is a sign of anti-Christian bigotry.

“I think we have to move beyond the Christmas period to focus on the rest of the year,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

“We’re doing a very good job of supporting the community in many ways, including in the work we do to promote diversity and tolerance and inclusion.”

The Bill will require departments and public bodies to report to the Federal Court any statements or conduct that incites or encourages hatred or discrimination against any person or group on the basis of race, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or national or ethnic origin.

“This will be done on a case by case basis, so it doesn’t take a whole lot of time and we want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to tackle it,” Ms Gillard said.

She said the Bill would help ensure that people were not targeted because of their race, national or Indigenous origin, colour, sexual identity, gender, age or disability.

“It is about promoting a greater sense of community and inclusion, and so the Bill will be about creating a climate where we are welcoming, tolerant and welcoming to everybody,” Ms Rudd said.

The Federal Government says the new laws will “make Australia a better place”.

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