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Government risks looking out of touch as it clumsily sells free speech

Labor believes it can hurt the government on racial discrimination and the government is making its job easier with its poor selling.

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Racial Discrimination Act: Brandis moves to amend — not repeal — 18C

The government has unveiled its amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, removing the concept of offence but adding racial vilification for the first time.

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Is fracking really so bad?

Crikey readers have their say about section 18C, Denis Napthine’s driver and whether coal seam gas is the villain it’s made out to be.

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On race, discrimination and white men’s privilege

White men don’t face racial discrimination. Advocates of reforming the Racial Discrimination Act should acknowledge their own privilege, and be more consistent in defending free speech.

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Racial vilification: why defenders of section 18C fail

The defence of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act falters on the key issue of subjectivity.

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Racial vilification first on George Brandis’ chopping block

What do George Brandis’ amendments to the Racial Vilification Code signal? Shipra Chordia and Andrew Lynch of the University of NSW Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law look at his agenda at Inside Story.

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What does a terrorist look like?

Today’s foiling of a terror plot in Melbourne demonstrates that racial profiling is now a fairly useless tool for finding potential terrorists, writes Paul Colgan

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Faris: why I don’t want a Crikey blog

I am as thick-skinned as the next commentator, probably more so, but there is no point in having dialogue with people who have a visceral hatred for you personally, writes Peter Faris.

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ICC dances as India fires bullets at its feet

The ICC is dead, writes Francis Leach. Meet the new landlords, the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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