The law that would have made Australia the first country to outlaw lynching was dropped in June after an outcry from anti-lynching campaigners.
The Law Reform Commission says the changes did not go far enough, and they call on the government to revisit the legislation.
More: The Australian Human Rights Commission says Australia’s laws on lynching are inadequate, but its recommendations to change them are still being implemented.
Australia’s laws currently make it illegal to beat or kill a person for the offence of being white, black, brown or Indian, or in any other way being of a different race.
The law on lynchings, introduced in the late 1800s, was criticised by rights groups, who said it amounted to racial discrimination.
There are no racial groups that are specifically protected by the laws in Australia, but the laws on the death penalty are seen by some as discriminatory.
In a submission to the Law Reform Commissions inquiry, the AHRCC argues that the legislation does not address the real issues raised by the legislation and the commission should reconsider its recommendation to amend it.
“The legislation was introduced to address the needs of those who were facing severe disadvantage and were in need of protection,” it says.
However, the commission said it believed that the laws “did not go too far”.
The laws that would allow for the death of a person were introduced after the murder of a young black man, who was lynched in Victoria in 1890, and another young man, whose killing was recorded as a “blood libel” in 1903.
Mr Martin said he was not surprised the legislation had been dropped, saying: “It’s not that they didn’t think that was appropriate.
It’s just that they weren’t able to say to people that were involved in the process that it would be appropriate.”
I’m glad that it has been dropped.
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