A PROPOSED inquiry into the Racial Discrimination Act, has been slammed by Federal Labor MP for Barton, Linda Burney, who says it's being pushed by "white middle-aged men" who have never experienced racism first-hand.
Some coalition MPs argue the words "insult" and "offend" in section 18C of the Act, impede freedom of speech.
Ms Burney, the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives, has hit back at criticism by commentators and right wing politicians, who have labelled her remarks as racist.
"I am aware that some far right wing activists have made a complaint against me, I'm happy to let that go through the proper process without providing ongoing commentary," she said.
"I'm happy to let my reputation for inclusivity and respect, as well as my lived experience speak for itself. People can decide for themselves whether or not these are legitimate complaints."
Ms Burney says the Act has protected Australia's diverse community from hate speech for over 20 years, and an inquiry is not needed to show its importance.
Meanwhile Ms Burney has been appointed chair of the Australian Rugby League Indigenous Council.