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Election Survey - Commonwealth of Australia 2016 - Q10

Q10 - Freedom of speech

Laws which prohibit speech or actions that merely "offend or insult" others are an unwarranted curb on free speech. Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been used to stifle important community debates.

Would you vote to repeal the words "offend" and "insult" from section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act?

Party Reply Score

Family First

Yes, definitely. Bob Day was so disappointed when the Liberals under Tony Abbott abandoned their election commitment to restore free speech in the RDA, that he moved a Private Members’ Bill to remove ‘offend’ and ‘insult’ from the Act.  Only a handful of Liberal senators support his bill.  He would like to bring it to a vote if a majority of senators will support it.  Even if we achieve this victory for free speech, there are still laws in many states and territories that also need free speech repair as well.  The national marriage debate and the Archbishop Porteous case have shown us how people of faith face serious restriction of their freedom if we do not restore free speech across the nation.


Australian Labor Party

The Labor Party opposes any changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.


Liberal Nationals Coalition

The Turnbull Coalition Government believes in the right of people to practise their religion free of intimidation or harassment provided those practices are within the framework of Australian law.

We do not propose to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act at this time.  We recognise that there is a diverse range of community views on section 18C and are committed to act in a manner which promotes social cohesion not disunity.

The Coalition believes in an Australia where everyone is free to speak their mind, in which rights are accompanied by responsibilities and in which there is absolutely no place for racism.  The Coalition strongly condemns those who attempt to diminish our freedoms in Australia and incite violence and hatred within our community.


Rise Up Australia Party

Yes, definitely.


Christian Democratic Party

Yes, definitely.


Australian Christians

Yes, definitely.


Online Direct Democracy

No comment.


The Greens

Definitely not. The Greens support a strengthening, not weakening, of anti-discrimination laws.  The Greens support the removal of exemptions for religious organisations.  Anti-discrimination laws should apply to everyone.



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