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Racial hate protections must stand

New Private Senators' legislation to change the Racial Discrimination Act should be voted down at the first available opportunity, says Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"This legislation is fanning the flames of division right when we need to be coming together as a nation," Senator Wright said.

"A groundswell of public opinion has defeated this legislation once and we are confident any proposal to bring it back will also fail.

"It is bad idea and terribly irresponsible timing from Senators Day, Bernardi and Leyonhjelm.

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Greens urge caution as Libs seek to rush through terror laws

Penny Wright 23 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have urged the Abbott Government not to rush through draconian changes to Australia's anti-terror laws. 

Responding to the draft legislation released tonight, spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Australian Greens would be looking at the legislation closely in the coming days.

"This legislation contains significant changes that overturn long-held values of the justice system and restrict civil liberties," Senator Wright said.

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Terror threat response must be proportionate: Greens

Penny Wright 10 Sep 2014

The Australian Greens have warned that the government's response to talk of an increased terror threat must be proportionate, amid concerns basic civil rights could be restricted.

 Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Wright said many terror measures being discussed by the government ran against expert counter-terrorism advice.

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Don't be panicked into terror changes: Greens

Penny Wright 26 Aug 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright has today warned against being swept up in the Abbott Government's anti-terror fear campaign.

The Australian Greens welcomed the restoration of the Countering Violent Extremism funding, but warned broader elements of the counter-terrorism package would undermine basic human rights.

"Today's re-announcement is a feel-good moment to distract from the more sinister elements of the Abbott Government's fear campaign on terrorism," Senator Wright said

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