All posts tagged George Brandis

Report ‘shows no reason to change 18C’

Jewish community leaders have welcomed this week’s findings by Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights report on the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), which failed to reach a consensus on amending freedom-of-speech laws.

Colin Rubenstein

Caution urged over 18C inquiry

Communal leaders are cautiously welcoming a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech, but maintain sections 18C and 18D should remain untouched.

‘Urgent need’ to act on genocide advocacy

A Pakistani cleric sent home from an Australian speaking tour last week after a video emerged of him declaring, “It is the guarantee of world peace when the last Jew is slain” illustrates the “urgent need” for a new criminal offence of advocacy of genocide.

New genocide advocacy law

Confirmation that a new federal criminal offence of advocacy of genocide will be “introduced early" was welcomed by ECAJ executive director Peter Wertheim.

Latest bid to scrap 18C falters

Under threat during the Abbott government, Section 18C appears to have dodged another bullet, and its survival has been hailed by the Jewish community.

Legal legend mourned

Senior politicians, communal leaders and the legal fraternity have paid tribute to former Federal Court judge and barrister Alan Goldberg.

Pyne, Brandis hail inspirational Israel

INNOVATION was high on the agenda when government minister Christopher Pyne met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem earlier this week.

Cementing Israel trade ties

THE federal government will look into the feasibility of a free trade deal between Australia and Israel, Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb’s office has confirmed to The AJN.

New legislation on advocating genocide

THE federal government today (Thursday) introduced to Parliament a new criminal offence of advocating genocide, which could see offenders who publicly “counsel, promote, encourage or urge” genocide imprisoned for up to seven years.

Advocacy of genocide to be criminalised

ANTI-Discrimination Board of NSW president Stepan Kerkyasharian has joined communal leaders in welcoming the federal government’s plans to introduce a new crime of “advocacy of genocide”.