Malcolm Turnbull has opposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act to restore free speech. His argument: free speech is not a priority.
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
In an interview on Fairfax radio on Friday Mr Turnbull did not rule out making any changes to Section 18c, but said the government was focussed on the economy.
“It’s not a priority for us,” he said when asked whether he would change the law. “We have a very extensive legislative program on the policies we took to the election.
Priorities are important. It’s true that immigration must be completely overhauled to protect our culture. It’s true that the economy is about to fall off the credit rating cliff due to soaring debt. It’s true that our policing agencies need to be re-aligned to meet community expectations that they will put us ahead of terrorists.
All these things are important. Maybe even more important that amending the Racial Discrimination Act. But Turnbull isn’t doing any of these things and he’s running from free speech as well.
Since he back-stabbed his way into office, Malcolm has been in a muddle. He leads a do-nothing government everywhere except when it comes to the ABC. When they speak, he jumps. Hence it took less than a day for 4 Corners to get a royal commission. Meanwhile, Australians want their free speech back. It’s like the ABC were elected on 2 July…