There seems to be a lot of noise and discussion about repealing or overhauling Section 18C because of claims that it restricts freedom of speech and also diminishes the right to a fair trial.
Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for someone to do an act that is reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate someone because of their race or ethnicity.
It seems to me that perhaps the problem isn’t so much with the law but rather the bureaucrats at the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) who allow the ‘intent of the law’ to be abused by entertaining vexatious complaints. The AHRC misguidedly believe they are instigating audacious actions against Australia’s vilest bigots and racists, who are in their opinion a couple of young honest university students in Queensland and a respected Cartoonist/Artist. The AHRC clearly don’t get outback much!
The AHRC mustn’t have much to do if these cases are the absolute worst racial discrimination injustices in Australia needing prosecution. Their actions actually diminish the integrity of 18C, and I question how they justify their existence: whether taxpayers are getting value for money; whether the AHRC is contributing to the betterment of our society and whether these bureaucrats are meeting the public’s expectations?
So what is really going on out there? The head of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Nyunggai Warren Mundine’s recent article in The Australian details the crimes being committed against indigenous women and children, violent physical assault, death and abuse perpetrated against people who cannot protect themselves. Yet we continue to tolerate inept bureaucratic ‘Government Agencies’, like the stewards at the AHRC, who fail in their responsibilities to protect the human rights of truly vulnerable Australians.
That is why the spurious actions of the AHRC have the effect of diluting the efficacy of 18C; suppressing debate on the real injustices occurring in remote indigenous communities and empowering the predators and abusers who perpetrate despicable assaults/crimes against indigenous women and children.
The contemptible indignity of it is that while indigenous women are being brutally beaten to death, the Australian Human Rights Commission is preoccupied with people who have had their ‘feelings hurt’…shameful!
To add insult to bereavement, taxpayers fund the AHRC to the extent of approx. $23,000,000.00 p.a. The average remuneration of an AHRC employees is approx. $140,000.00 p.a. so you can see that the ‘fat cats’ certainly look after themselves and you can also understand why there is no money left for the victims of the real injustices perpetrated against indigenous communities.
Why does the AHRC muzzle the truth by suppressing debate and shutting down free speech, which has the effect of continuing to deny traditional Australians their basic Human Rights?
1st November 2016.