Social security is a vital safety net that most people in Australia will turn to at some point in their lives. For many people who are full-time carers, or who are sick or aged, or locked out of an employment market that doesn't have enough jobs for everyone, social security is indispensable to survival.
The Australian government must maintain strong and effective prohibitions against racial vilification. Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act have a vital role to play in stopping the spread of racial hatred and discrimination in our community. They set important standards that discourage racism and encourage people to speak out, and they provide an avenue for relief to those who are vilified. Weakening these laws now would give a green light to racism.