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Statement on Racial Discrimination Act (Section 18C)
Saturday, 10 December 2016 21:27
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The Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC)’s Statement on the proposed change to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA)

The FABC does not support any change to Section18C of the RDA.

The FABC supports right speech which is part of the teachings of the Buddha.

The FABC is of the view that there should be a balance between freedom of expression and the freedom to be protected from speech which offends, insults, humiliates or intimidates someone because of his or her race.

No freedom is absolute and the freedom of expression should not override the freedom to be protected from racially offensive behaviour.

The FABC is of the view that the section18C in its current form read together with section 18D provides the right balance.

Section 18C makes it unlawful to do an act which is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate' someone because of his or her race.  

Section18D protects any fair comment or reporting on a matter of public interest, and any sentiment expressed ‘in the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debate made or held for any genuine academic, artistic or scientific purpose’.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 December 2016 21:35
 
Support the Interfaith Paris Climate Statement
Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:36
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On 10 November, the signatures on the COP22 Interfaith Statement will be delivered at handover event and the COP22 President has been invited to receive it. In addition to eminent faith leaders signing the Statement, we are also inviting all people of faith and goodwill to sign to show their support to our Statement. Add your voice to show your support of this important statement.

More information can be found at www.interfaithstatement2016.org

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:42
 
Condolences on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Monday, 17 October 2016 20:51
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17 October 2016

His Excellency Mr Chirachai Punkrasin
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Royal Thai Embassy
111 Empire circuit
Yarralumla ACT 2600

Dear Ambassador,

Please accept the sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of King Bhumibol from all member groups and members of The Federation of Buddhist Councils of Australia.

His Majesty King Bhumibol was a great leader of Thailand and the Thai people for seven decades, and used his compassion and wisdom and great leadership skills combined with Buddhist principles to guide the Nation through many challenges. He will surely be deeply missed.

We fellow Buddhists from all traditions in Australia, have deep faith that these guiding principles of Buddha’s teachings will endure and continue to light the way of the future for His Majesty’s successor.

As you know, there are strong links between people of all faiths in both our countries, but especially within the Buddhist communities, and ethnic Thai communities living in Australia, where exist many long and deep ties which will continue always.

May the memory of the excellent qualities of His Majesty warm our hearts into the future.

Yours faithfully,

(signed)

Cecilia Mitra (LLB Singapore, LLM UWA)
President

Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils Inc.
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Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 21:31
 
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