New laws may counter racist attacks
Michael Harvey: Herald Sun | June 19, 2009
VICIOUS attacks against Indian students have prompted the Rudd Government to consider a legal crackdown on hate-mongers.
Investigations have started into creating a specific offence of inciting violence against an individual on the basis of race.
While state assault laws already deal with thugs who personally commit attacks, the potential federal changes would focus, for example, on those responsible for sending SMS messages that urge acts of violence on individuals.
Existing sedition provisions of counter-terrorism laws cover incitement on the basis of race, religion or …