Augusto Zimmermann receives standing ovation at Samuel Griffith Society Conference. After which Augusto writes:
Attorney General George Brandis once notoriously stated that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act should be amended because he thinks people have a fundamental right to bigotry. ‘People do have a right to be bigots you know’, he told the Senate.
No, I didn’t know this but I know very well that such a comment extremely unwise and it reveals an appalling lack of understanding of the subject.
First of all, Senator Brandis should know that the matter has absolutely nothing to do with protecting bigots. Instead, the vast majority of supporters of the repeal of 18C are not condoning bigotry or promoting any such a behaviour. Nor do they fail to acknowledge the enormous harm that racial vilification causes both to individual victims and the broader community; quite to the contrary.
There are many good reasons to recommend the repeal of 18C … I strongly recommend the Attorney General to read a book I co-authored; ‘No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong’. …
Indeed, our Attorney General should know that there are serious doubts as to whether 18C would survive a constitutional challenge in its present form. In our view, the low threshold set by the inclusion of the words ‘offend, insult, humiliate’ raises real questions as to whether this section would be supported by the Australian Constitution.
Why is it so hard for our political elite to protect free speech? Do they believe in free speech at all?
Even worse, 18C allows some bigotries while preventing others. For example, anti-male bigotry has been fashionable and widespread for about three decades now (thanks feminists), and it seems we are on the threshold now of anti-white bigotry becoming trendy. 18C was just a fancy version of the “hate speech” scam, suppressing speech that the elite did not like.