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#FreedomOfSpeech exposed the heartbreaking reality of racism in Australia

The response was as huge as it was heartbreaking.

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On Australia’s Harmony Day, which is meant to celebrate diversity in the country, the government announced it was planning to go ahead with a plan to overhaul Australia’s law against hate speech.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s statements that the law was limited free speech, sparked the response.

In response, Benjamin Law proposed Australians share their stories of being verbally harassed, abused and discriminated against to show exactly what kind of “free speech” Turnbull was so concerned about stifling. The response was as huge as it was heartbreaking.

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Many of these tweets were read aloud in Parliament by Green Party MP Nick McKim.

Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Katherine serves as Managing Editor of The Tempest. A lifelong nomad and Third Culture Kid, Katie, as she's known to her friends, is passionate about storytelling, feminism, foreign affairs, and wine. Before joining The Tempest, she worked in marketing and communications in Germany, Palestine, India and the USA. When she's not working, she's throwing dinner parties, taking photos or putting her Art History degree to good use as she explores Europe.

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