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AHC at the Nation's Capital.

Representatives from the Australian Hellenic Council from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra descended on the nation's capital on 25 November 2015 for a day of lobbying and consultation on a broad range of Hellenic issues.

Buoyed by the successful launch in mid-October 2015 of the Parliamentary Friends of the Parthenon Group, the delegates started with a working breakfast with outgoing Greek Ambassador, Haris Dafaranos, during which the various concerns of the Greek-Australian community and the Greek State were discussed.

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RDA Joint Media Statement

We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement that the Government will not proceed with proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (”the Act”) and that and those proposals now “off the table”.

We believe that the Prime Minister has made the right leadership call.

The arguments which were put forward to support the repealing or weakening of sections 18B, 18C, 18D and 18E of the Act were based on a mischaracterisation of the way the courts have applied those sections in practice. It is gratifying for us to know that the truth has ultimately prevailed.

The extraordinarily large number of written submissions received by the Federal government opposing its proposed changes indicate that most Australians understand that racial vilification laws are a necessary last resort for the targets of race hate to defend themselves.

Although we were disturbed by the possibility of our legal protections being diminished, the extended public debate about the legislation has had a positive result. People are now better informed about the way the Act works to protect vulnerable groups without preventing people from expressing their views robustly about any issues.

This was never really a debate about freedom of speech. Section 18C provides protection against the excesses of racial hatred and bitterness in Australia and the retention of the legislation in its existing form is therefore not only a good thing for our communities but a good thing for Australia.

Community Groups Urge Scrapping of Planned Changes to Race Hate Law

Representatives of the Indigenous, Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Arab and Korean communities met on Monday and Tuesday with more than 80 members of the federal parliament from the Coalition, Labor, the Greens and Independents to express their strong opposition to the government's plans to weaken the existing Federal law against racial vilification.

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Community leaders Unanimously Reject Government Exposure Draft on Race Hate Law.

Representatives of the Indigenous, Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Arab, Armenian, Korean and Cypriot communities today unanimously called on the Federal government to scrap the "Freedom of Speech (Repeal of section 18C) Bill 2014", saying that "it sends the wrong message about the kind of society we want Australia to be".

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AHC and Greek Orthodox Community Joint Statement.

The Australian Hellenic Council, together with the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales, has come out in strong opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

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The Rise of the Bigots and the Repeal of Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act.

The Australian Hellenic Council (NSW) is gravely concerned at the Abbott Government’s proposed watering down of the racial vilification provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Community leaders reject mooted changes to race hate laws.

Representatives of the Indigenous, Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Arab, Armenian and Korean communities have expressed their “vehement opposition” to changes that have been mooted to sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which prohibit public conduct that is reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person or groups because of their skin colour or national or ethnic origin.

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Coalition MP Breaks Ranks With Federal Government on Section 18C.

Coalition MP, Craig Laundy, the Federal Member for Reid, has come out publicly to oppose any changes to sections of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) which prohibit public conduct that is reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person or groups because of their skin colour or national or ethnic origin.

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Community groups continue campaign for retention of law against race hate.

Representatives of the Indigenous, Greek, Jewish, Chinese, Armenian and Korean communities are continuing their campaign to persuade Federal politicians against any repeal or watering down of Australia’s laws against racial vilification.

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Community Groups ready to lobby Cangerra on Section 18C.

Representatives of the Indigenous, Greek, Chinese, Armenian, Jewish, Korean and Greek Cypriot communities have resolved to continue their campaign against any attempts to repeal or weaken the sections of the Racial Discrimination Act targeting racial vilification.

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Joint Media Statement. Review of Federal law against racial vilification.

The following community representatives met today in Sydney for approximately two hours with the Attorney General, Senator George Brandis, his Chief of Staff James Lambie, and his Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Faulks.

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