Abbott’s Govt to Dump Laws on Hate Speech

Greg Ansley, New Zealand Herald, November 30, 2013

Australia’s conservative Government intends to dump laws that ban hate speech on the grounds that they inhibit free speech.

Amendments to the federal Racial Discrimination Act will be the first legislation put before Parliament by Attorney-General George Brandis who, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, was angered by the conviction of right-wing columnist Andrew Bolt.

Bolt was found guilty before the September election of breaching the act by writing articles that Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg said were not written in good faith and contained factual errors.

Headlined “White fellas in the black” and “It’s so hip to be black”, the articles suggested light-skinned people claimed Aboriginal descent to further their own interests.

Abbott said after the verdict that the “sacred principle of free speech” should not be restricted and that free speech meant the right to say what others might not like, not just the right to say something of which others approved.

The Coalition went to the election with the promise to change the act to ensure that speech found to be offensive or insulting was no longer defined as racial vilification.

At present the act outlaws actions in public that, based on race, colour, national or ethnic origin are likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate a person or group of persons.

This includes posting offensive material on the internet, publishing racially offensive comments in the print media, making offensive speeches at a public rally, racially abusing people in public places, or making racially abusive comments at sporting events.

The act makes exceptions for comments made “reasonably and in good faith”, including artistic works or performances, academic or scientific debate, fair and accurate reporting on matters of public interest, and fair comment.

In the year to last June almost a quarter of the more than 2000 complaints lodged with the Human Rights Commission were made under the act, 192 of them citing racial hatred–up almost 60 per cent on the previous year.

The commission’s annual report said more than 40 per cent of racial hatred complaints related to material on the internet, a “significant increase” on the previous year.

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s latest annual report on anti-Semitism showed similar trends, with the internet accounting for many of what was the second-highest level of incidents on record.

The number of reports of violence against Jews or Jewish facilities rose 21 per cent to 657. They cited vandalism or attacks on synagogues or other facilities, but the report said most involved threats and abuse.

Abusive and threatening emails, printed material, letters and phone calls increased 60 per cent over the previous year.

But Brandis, who believes the human rights pendulum has swung too far to the left and has been too narrowly defined, says he wants to “rebalance” the debate, and has drawn up terms of reference for a broad review by the Australian Law Reform Commission of statutory infringements of traditional rights and freedoms.

“The classic liberal democratic rights that in my view are the fundamental human rights have been almost pushed to the edge of the debate,” he told the Australian.

“It is a very important part of my agenda to recentre that debate so that when people talk about rights, they talk about the great liberal democratic rights of freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of worship and freedom of the press . . .

“You cannot have a situation in a liberal democracy in which the expression of an opinion is rendered unlawful because somebody else finds it offensive or insulting.”

His planned amendments have been rejected by Labor, Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane, and indigenous and ethnic organisations.

A statement from groups ranging from the National Congress of First Peoples to representatives of Arab, Jewish, Greeks, Armenian and Muslim communities said they opposed absolutely plans to remove or dilute protections against racial vilification.

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  • Anglokraut

    Good start, Aussies. Perhaps in time you will be allowed to talk openly about returning to the “White Australia” immigration policy.

    • Emperor Naked

      If they do, I would seriously consider moving there.

  • T_Losan

    “You cannot have a situation in a liberal democracy in which the expression of an opinion is rendered unlawful because somebody else finds it offensive or insulting.” Excellent news and a good start on the road to sanity.

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes, it’s a good start. Let’s see how the provocateurs work to undermine it.

  • Manaphy

    But….But…..
    The RINO’s on talk radio said that this guy is the “conservative” alternative that Australians so desperately need. Conservatism is not the answer, White Nationalism is.

  • sbuffalonative

    A statement from groups ranging from the National Congress of First Peoples to representatives of Arab, Jewish, Greeks, Armenian and Muslim communities said they opposed absolutely plans to remove or dilute protections against racial vilification.

    One man’s ‘racial vilification’ is another man’s legitimate warning to the public.

    We used to condemn the idea of ‘prisoner of conscious’. Amnesty International made a name for themselves by pointing out the absurdity of jailing people for their opinions.

    May freedom and sanity return.

    • Svigor

      representatives of Arab, Jewish, Greeks, Armenian and Muslim
      communities said they opposed absolutely plans to remove or dilute
      protections against racial vilification.

      These groups can always be relied upon to oppose freedom and justice in the European sphere in general, and the Anglosphere in particular. Curiously, unlike most of the other groups, Jews have yet to earn a widely negative reputation as a result.

  • Spartacus

    “A statement from groups ranging from the National Congress of First
    Peoples to representatives of Arab, Jewish, Greeks, Armenian and Muslim
    communities said they opposed absolutely plans to remove or dilute
    protections against racial vilification.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    What the hell are these things doing in Australia in the first place ?

    • Manaphy

      There is a simple explanation for all of this:

  • To bad it is almost impossible to emigrate to Australia.

    • 1stworlder

      Show up on a boat with no papers, speaking no English other than the word benefits and you will get in.

      • Lagerstrom

        Run the 100 metres in record time or know how to ‘spin bowl’ and you’ll be ‘in like Flynn, new Aussie’!

      • From Wiki: “From now on, any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees. Asylum seekers taken to Christmas Island will be sent to Manus and elsewhere in Papua New Guinea for assessment of their refugee status. If they are found to be genuine refugees they will be resettled in Papua New Guinea… If they are found not to be genuine refugees they may be repatriated to their country of origin or be sent to a safe third country other than Australia. These arrangements are contained within the Regional Resettlement Arrangement signed by myself and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea just now.”

        • Bantu_Education

          What about the “boat people” who continually wash up in Italy and Spain – can we send them to PNG too?

  • bigone4u

    Under natural law a man has a right to think what he wants to think and express his thoughts in a non-threatening way. The left will never give up its agenda to control our thoughts. The law may be repealed but the mass media and education will still be under the control of the multiculturalists. Still, this is good news for those of us who yearn to live free.

    • Max Krakah

      the mass media is failing. The playbook is worn out and has lost it’s effectiveness.

      • ms_anthro

        The internet has made them obsolete, doubly so because of cell phone cameras. No longer can governmedia control the narrative or cherry-pick what the public gets to see. Now all you have to do is visit any number of online hosting sites and you can get a peek at the world’s seamy underbelly with a few clicks of your mouse. Why do you think they’re so intent on controlling the web?

        • [Guest]

          When the public mind is corrupt, though, it doesn’t really matter what sources of information are available.

          • Svigor

            It took a long time to corrupt the public mind. It’s illogical to expect it to become uncorrupted overnight. I do predict the latter will not take as long, however, since it moves towards man’s healthy instincts, rather than counter to them.

  • IstvanIN

    Good news from the Anglo-sphere. But I won’t hold my breath that it will become law.

    • Johnny Squire

      I agree, but if it does become law will repealing the ban on firearms be next?

    • Bantu_Education

      Repealing the laws will “offend” the racial minority advocacy groups – and their molly-coddled sensitivities are far more important than the majority whites.

  • IstvanIN

    A statement from groups ranging from the National Congress of First Peoples to representatives of Arab, Jewish, Greeks, Armenian and Muslim communities said they opposed absolutely plans to remove or dilute protections against racial vilification.
    A prime example why diverse immigration is always a VERY bad idea. These are examples of people who will never become truly Australian.

    • Indeed. A perfect example of how ethnic diversity reduces freedom.

    • Bantu_Education

      Shame on the Greeks, I shall have to reconsider whether they deserve to be regarded as “white European”.

      • Svigor

        They’re not found in very good company there, are they?

  • Sighisoara

    This is kind of like the opposite of the article about the guy getting detained by police in England for a harmless comment. It’s a step in the right direction at the very least.

    • Bantu_Education

      Yep, 3 steps backwards and occasionally one forward.

  • Puggg

    Sounds to me like Australia has just taken the first step in becoming an actual country again.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rErvPnd-2E

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “The classic liberal democratic rights that in my view are the fundamental human rights have been almost pushed to the edge of the debate,” he told the Australian.
    ***********************
    There it is. There’s the crux. Good for the Aussies. How bout the Brits now?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      The PC madness is much stronger in Britain than it is in Australia. I hope they can get rid of it, but I bet we’ll see sensible laws coming out of every other Anglosphere nation long before we see them in Britain.

      • Max Krakah

        I predict that the PC madness will eventually fall in Britain. I predict that the British soccer fans will be playing games on their soccer fields with the heads of the treacherous political parties, the BBC , the treacherous media and many others . I predict they will film this and televise it nationwide and that every year soccer games will be held on this day of “national liberation” .

        • tlk244182

          May it be so.

      • ms_anthro

        There’s something stubbornly plucky about those of us who hail from Anglo diaspora countries like America and Australia. We share a similar dislike of being told what to do and the thought of bowing to someone simply because he claims to be our superior is repugnant to us.

        Note: Here I’m referring to actual red-blooded Aussies and Americans, the kind that can clean a fish and shoot a rifle competently, not the limp-wristed liberal simpering pansies that are feminizing our countries from the inside out and yet have the audacity to call themselves men.

  • Emblematical

    It’s a small victory (if it happens) but in the longer timescale Australia faces the same problem as the other (formerly) white countries. The demographics will make these kinds of issues irrelevant. Unless we stop massive non-white immigration, white ideas such as free speech will be overwhelmed along with the rest of our culture.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I agree. Ultimately, demographics is everything. Demographics is what destroyed South Africa and Rhodesia, and it has the potential to destroy every white country if we don’t take steps to ensure our countries stay white.

    • MBlanc46

      Well said. Small, symbolic victories are fine, but if we lose sight of the real issue, we’re doomed.

    • Paul

      Australia is lucky for two reasons. A large part of the immigration is from England and New Zealand and South Africa. Also the non-whites they get are Indian and Asian. Both low-crime compared to Blacks and Mestizos. And secondly because it’s just harder to get there.

  • My best friend Down Under was an Abo. I’m slighty to the right of Atilla the Hun, but Daniel was a good guy. He’s conservative as all get-out, and I think he’s right.

    • Lagerstrom

      Then you’d probably know that ‘Abos’ cant stand any of these ‘Third-worlders’ and various others that have arrived here over the last 50 years or so.
      Apparently they’re all fighting like cats and dogs in the suburbs down here.

  • MBlanc46

    Good on the Kiwis. If they actually do it.

  • Paul

    From Ha’aretz:

    Jewish leaders in Australia are bracing for a potential showdown with the new Liberal government over its pre-election pledge to repeal sections of the nation’s race hate laws, which make Holocaust denial and the promotion of anti-Semitism unlawful.

    • Bantu_Education

      “its pre-election pledge to repeal sections of the nation’s race hate laws,..” Ha, as I suspected – “sections of..” the inevitable dilution of the freedom tonic began even before it was even out of the bottle..!

  • Sick of it

    “Bolt was found guilty before the September election of breaching the act
    by writing articles that Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg said
    were not written in good faith and contained factual errors.”

    The trend continues.

    • ms_anthro

      Mordecai Bromberg? That sounds like a very Australian name.

      • maxsnafu

        …and his ruling is so typical of his tribe.

  • Paul

    I posted a link to an interview on the 730 report with the Australian Immigration minister that was deleted. Am I not allowed to post links?

    • M.

      Posts that contain links get moderated first. Your post should appear in a couple of hours.

      • Paul

        Thankyou.

  • Lagerstrom

    Reading this…

    “The number of reports of violence against Jews or Jewish facilities rose
    21 per cent to 657. They cited vandalism or attacks on synagogues or
    other facilities, but the report said most involved threats and abuse.”

    Am I meant to believe that my fellow White Australians are guilty of such attacks on Jews and Jewish facilities? Probably.

    Shot in the dark here people, I’d wager my weeks’ wages that it is not my fellow White Australians that are harassing Jews, it would be…oh, who do you think?

    • judenjager

      Funny how they always stick in a boo-hoo for the squids.

      • Max Krakah

        The squids have, by necessity, always tried to redefine a nations citizenship as having nothing to do with ethnicity. They otherwise would have no right to citizenship in another people’s nation as long as they are a “nation” themselves. Once one has squids in, then sooner or later, they press the notion that citizenship is not defined by nationality. This never requires a conspiracy or an organized action on their part, every squid individual knows that national identity based on ethnicity is a threat to each and every squid unless the national identity in question is squid, such as in Israel.

        • tlk244182

          Am currently reading Kevin MacDonald’s Culture of Critique, the premise of which is entirely new to me. It’s very enlightening, and would recommend it to anyone on this site, as it was recommended to me. It discusses this issue in detail, and quite reasonably. I find it convincing.

  • DelmarJackson

    representatives of Arab, Jewish, Greeks, Armenian and Muslim communities said they opposed absolutely plans to remove or dilute protections against racial vilification.
    Dingos got yer baby! haha!

  • Bantu_Education

    Both the Greeks and the Armenians are against this. So they are on the same side as the Muslims who genocided them??? Bizarre..!

  • Max Krakah

    Things are changing folks. The world twenty years from now will be dramatically different than the world we live in today. The liberal elites are failing big time.Get ready for the soccer games!

    • Rick Brooks

      we can only hope. otherwise, we’re doomed.

  • Bunky

    When did muslims become a race?
    Is catholic a race now too?

  • Svigor

    Well, this has to be a first. Real progress is pretty rare these days.

  • John K

    I hope the US wakes up and follows suit. Where we should be incarcerating them, we seem to be electing the black racists.