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Nearly half of Australians support changes to 18C: IPA polling

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Freedom of speech Race relations Race discrimination Australia
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Those who support watering down the anti-hate laws in the Racial Discriminaton Act have received a boost this morning.

Polling commissioned by conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs shows that almost one in two people support removing the words 'insult' and 'offend' from section 18C of the Act, which also makes it an offence to humilate or intimidate a person based on their race.

A parliamentary committee was established last year to look at changing the laws.

The committee has already received more than 11,000 written submissions and is this week conducting hearings accross the country.

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