Discrimination law proposal may impact Jewish support for Australia’s Liberal party

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A prominent Australian Jewish leader has suggested that Jewish support for Australia’s ruling Liberal party may be affected by a recent government proposal amend the country’s discrimination laws.

“It is a very difficult thing to judge without clear empirical evidence, but I suspect the vote will change for a small number of people but it could impact support for the government in terms of donations, letterboxing, and all the other things people do to support,” said Peter Wertheim, executive director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, The Guardian reported.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently proposed to amend the Racial Discrimination Act to remove the word’s “offend, insult and humiliate” and to broaden other exemptions. Jewish groups, along with other minority groups such as the Chinese, have expressed concern that the changes would lead to more discrimination. 

Posted on April 1, 2014 .