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Greens back ethnic and indigenous groups on Racial Discrimination Act

The Australian Greens have today backed calls by a coalition of ethnic and indigenous groups to protect laws against racially-motivated hate speech, saying the Coalition’s plan to weaken protections against racism is shameful.

“The Greens will never support any moves that make it easier to abuse people on the basis of race,” said Senator Richard Di Natale, Greens spokesperson for Multiculturalism.

“Multiculturalism is one of Australia’s greatest success stories but racial vilification is still a reality for too many people in our society.

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First Indigenous Federal Magistrate to be first of many?

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, has congratulated Matthew Myers on his appointment as the first Indigenous judicial officer to a Federal Court and hopes this will mark the beginning of many more such appointments in the future.

“The Court will benefit from Mr Myers’ experience and knowledge - especially his extensive background in family law - as well as the unique cultural perspective he will bring to the bench,” Senator Wright said.

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