On 2007, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 was suspended so that the Howard Government could have its wilful way with Aboriginal policy and people in the Northern Territory under the Northern Territory Emergency Response, commonly known as The Intervention. The Racial Discrimination Act is the legislative means in Australia of giving effect in respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Rudd Government continued this disgraced Howard Government policy with little or no alteration when it came to power on 24 November, 2007. The NTER was bad public policy under Howard. It remains bad public policy under Rudd. In fact, elements of the policy - such as SIHIP - are failed public policy. The Rudd Government continued the malignant suspension of the Racial Discrimination Act.
There have only been three times that the Racial Discrimination Act has been suspended from applying since it was passed in 1975 – in relation to the Native Title Amendment Act, in relation to the Hindmarsh Island Bridge dispute and in relation to the Northern Territory intervention. Each time it has been repealed has been so that it cannot provide protection to the most vulnerable within the community. Quoted from here.The Rudd Government promised in May this year that the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 would be reinstated in October this.
So here we are. It is Monday 26 October, 2009. There has been nary a word this month about the promised reinstatement. So I did the obvious thing.
I rang the office of the Minister, Jenny Macklin, in Canberra.
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