A display of hands planted in the lawns in front of Parliament House in protest of Aboriginal deaths in custody

Submission: Inquiry into the Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

On the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (and Harmony Day), the Federal Government announced it would push forward with a bill to water down the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA).

Our submission outlines why Amnesty International is calling on the Parliament to reject the changes to the Racial Discrimination Act proposed by the Australian Government.

We are concerned that amending the Act in the way proposed by the Government will give a license to further racism in Australia, which has significant consequences for cultural diverse communities. We also have a number of concerns about the ways in which this bill could make it more difficult for Australians who have suffered discrimination to access justice.

Read our submission