Mr Abbott said he was dumping Senator Brandis’s draft laws, which would have removed key sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which the Attorney-General said made it illegal to “hurt the feelings of others”.
The PM said he had made a “leadership call” to abandon the changes, because they had become a “complication” in the Government’s relationship with the Australian Muslim community.
“When it comes to counter-terrorism, everyone needs to be part of Team Australia,” Mr Abbott said.
“The government’s proposals to change 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have become a complication in that respect.
It seems the right to privacy is also “a complication” as is being innocent until proven guilty. If only freedom didn’t raise so many complications for the state to regulate and control our lives.
No doubt soon it will be “a complication” to criticise the government.
— Bindi Cole Chocka (@bindicolechocka) August 5, 2014