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A client whose hair she had been cutting for 20 years came in as usual, and then, without any prompting or preamble, launched into a tirade against Muslims. Shutterstock

The Hanson effect: how hate seeps in and damages us all

In a suburban hair salon, a Muslim woman suddenly feels unwelcome in the country she has loved for 40 years.
The ability of authorities to access encrypted messages must be balanced with the security risks. Ink Drop/Shutterstock

Australia’s planned decryption law would weaken cybersecurity

The Australian government's proposed law that would force technology companies to decrypt messages could make Australians more vulnerable.
Alexander Downer’s term as high commissioner is formally up in May. Katia Christodoulou/AAP

Turnbull delays London appointment

Malcolm Turnbull is believed to have deferred the appointment of a new high commissioner to the UK until at least the end of this year.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities. Sam Mooy/AAP

Section 18C change appears doomed in Senate

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
George Brandis said Stephen Donaghue was a ‘distinguished constitutional lawyer’. Lukas Coch/AAP

New solicitor-general wins plaudits

The new Commonwealth solicitor-general is Stephen Donaghue – an uncontroversial choice whose appointment has been welcomed.
Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech. AAP/Lukas Coch

We should follow other countries’ lead on hate speech by changing 18C

A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.

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