The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Racial Discrimination Act change?

The attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has reignited a debate in Australia about whether changes should be made to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, that bans language that offends, insults or humiliates people.

Last year the Government abandoned it plans to make this change in the face of community resistance. NAVA had made a submission in response to the proposed change because it would have the removed the exception which allows anything that is artistic work or fair comment on matters of public interest, provided that it is done reasonably and in good faith.

NAVA Racial Discrimination submission. (321.2 KB)

Click above to read NAVA's Racial Discrimination submission.