Australian 18C: Facebook racial vilification case against university students thrown out

Australian 18C: Facebook racial vilification case against university students thrown out, by Sharnie Kim on the ABC.

A judge has thrown out a case against three Queensland University of Technology (QUT) students who were accused of racially vilifying an Indigenous woman. …

Liberal senator James Paterson, one of many backbenchers who has called for the law to be changed, welcomed the court decision on Friday. “While I am relieved the judge has finally declared the students have no case to answer, they should never had been subject to such an appalling legal process. The judgement doesn’t give them back that time, or their reputations, or the stress of having to endures these false allegations and defend themselves.”

QC dispenses blame:

Tony Morris, QC, who was representing Mr Thwaites [one of the three students], said the case should never have made it to court.

“There is one person to blame for that, one person, and that’s Professor [Gillian] Triggs, the head of the Australian Human Rights Commission,” Mr Morris said.

“Whilst the young men who have been the subject of this particular litigation are victims, so is Miss Pryor, the complainant,” Mr Morris said. “Who can blame her for acting on the encouragement that she gets from the Human Rights Commission? Everyone is a victim here.”

Free speech survived this trial. See here, here, here, here, here and here.