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When does humiliation become discrimination?   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Produced by Annie Hastwell

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Proposed amendments to the race Discrimination Act's clause 18C would remove the words insult and humiliate, leaving intimidation as the trigger to be able to legally claim discrimination. Yet much subtler forms of harassment are recognised as damaging and are thus illegal under bullying legislation.

Chris Berg from the Institute of Public Affairs says legal recourse should only be a last resort, and the current arrangement kills public debate and encourages racism. Psychologist Evelyn Field says supporting the right to hold bigoted views will only make bigotry more widespread.

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Chris Berg, Research fellow, Institute of Public Affairs
Evelyn Field, psychologist and author

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