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Changes to race discrimination law a 'needless complication': Abbott

Changes to race discrimination law a 'needless complication': Abbott

Updated 6 August 2014, 11:47 AEST

At the same time as moving to toughen national security laws, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shelved controversial changes to the Racial Discrimination Act in a bid to maintain national unity.

The proposed changes centred on section 18C of the Act, which makes it an offence to insult or offend someone based on race.

Mr Abbott says when it comes to counter-terrorism, everyone needs to be part of what he terms "Team Australia".

Interviewer: Michael Brissenden

Speaker: Tony Abbott, Australia's Prime Minister

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