By my understanding: The Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), passed in …

Comment on Will we better understand the ‘Recognise’ referendum than we did the 1967 one? by Evelyne Roullet.

By my understanding: The Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), passed in 1975, seeks to promote equality before the law for all persons and implements the principle of prohibiting discrimination against people on the basis of their race, colour, or national or ethnic origin.
The broad and general prohibition of discrimination in section 9 of the RDA is accompanied by specific prohibitions of discrimination in a number of areas of public life:–
• access to places and facilities;
• land, housing and other accommodation;
• provision of goods and services;
• the right to join trade unions; and
• employment.
Without the third option “prohibit racial discrimination by any government in Australia – unless the discrimination is intended: to overcome disadvantage, to reduce the adverse impact of racial discrimination in the past, or to protect culture, language or heritage”, the following will not be any longer permitted:
• Priority for employment is given to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.
• You only need to complete this section if you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
• Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Applicant.
• If you are both of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, please tick both boxes.
(An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identifies as such and is accepted as such by the community with which he or she lives) and all places facilities and institutions being schools, health organisations, hostels, etc … will become available to all.

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