Diversity Council Australia opposes any changes to the Racial Discrimination Act in its submission in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry on Freedom of Speech in Australia launched on 8 November 2016.
DCA surveyed its membership base of employer organisations and made a submission that supports no change to sections 18C or 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act or to the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
DCA’s submission outlines that:
- More than two thirds (69%) of DCA members who responded to the survey were not supportive of changes to sections 18C or 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act.
- Only 8% of respondents felt that the current Act was not fulfilling its obligations to protect people from vilification.
- More than half of respondents (59%) agreed that changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act could impact more on some groups of people than others, some of whom are currently experiencing higher levels of discrimination than in past, according to recent research.
- The majority of respondents (54%) were not supportive of any significant shift in the way that complaints are handled by the Australian Human Rights Commission.