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Hanson moves to water down race-hate laws

AAP logoAAP 15/09/2016 Belinda Merhab

She's called for a halt on all immigration and warned Australia is in danger of being swamped by Muslims, but it seems Pauline Hanson feels she's still being inhibited.

Fresh from her controversial first Senate speech in which she declared there was no way of telling the difference between a "good Muslim or bad Muslim", Senator Hanson and her One Nation colleagues have co-sponsored a private bill to repeal part of the racial discrimination act.

The bill, introduced by Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm in the Senate on Thursday, seeks to go further in watering down the laws than that introduced by conservative Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi in August, which would remove the words "offend" and "insult" from section 18C in part IIA of the act.

Instead, it seeks to remove the entire part of the act that deals with prohibition of offensive behaviour based on racial hatred - all sections from 18B to 18F.

The bill's explanatory memorandum says Senator Bernardi's bill does not go far enough because it retains the word "humiliate".

It also duplicates state and territory law by retaining the word "intimidate".

Repealing the entire part IIA will remove "discouragement of public discussion on matters of public importance".

It could also lead to funding cuts to the Australian Human Rights Commission, which the bill sponsors say would be a "benefit to taxpayers".

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