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PEN Melbourne: Joint Submission: Racial Discrimination Act

July 12, 2014 IN WIP
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PEN Melbourne Joint Submission in Response to Attorney-General’s Proposed Amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 2013

The following submission has been signed by 176 authors, writers, journalists, editors, publishers, directors, artists, filmmakers, academics and supporters including PEN Melbourne members and makes a clear and forceful argument as to why the legislation should remain unchanged. Click here to read the submission in full.


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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International