Of all the days to announce an overhaul of Australia's race hate laws, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull chose today, March 21, the "International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination".
Chef Adam Liaw used the occasion to write about racism in Australia in 2017.
Writer Benjamin Law responded by starting the hashtag #FreedomOfSpeech, calling on others to share their stories.
People were keen to tell their story.
#FreedomOfSpeech was the number one trending topic around Australia on this momentous day.
Australia's first female Indigenous MP Nova Peris then posted the disturbing abuse she received while in office.
It couldn't have been more timely.
Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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