Time’s running out for 18c

Well we might just see something positive come out of the 18c inquiry after all.

Ian Goodenough, who chairs the inquiry, has made that very clear in today’s Australian:

“It is misleading to say that reforms to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will promote race hate speech, because there are already laws in place which prevent abusive or threatening speech,” he said. “Many mainstream Australians are resentful of the emerging culture of political correctness, which prevents them from expressing their opinions on certain sensitive cultural issues in workplace and social settings where minorities are ­involved.

“Anecdotally, there is a perception that certain ethnic minorities are afforded greater protections from constructive criticism than mainstream Australians through political correctness. Rightly or wrongly, this perception does exist, and I would like to see the playing field levelled.”

That’s exactly the point I made in my submission to the inquiry:

Racial violence is a serious issue and it should be dealt with by a serious law. However, a law that makes it impossible to discuss serious problems in relation to family dysfunction while also remaining silent on incitement to jihad against Jews or persons who do not support certain Islamic sects is not serious. Nor is it serving the Australian people.

The simple solution is to enforce existing criminal laws in relation to incitement to violence. These matters should be dealt with through various state criminal laws or under S80.2A and S80.2B of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). If these current criminal laws are deficient then efforts should be made to rectify these deficiencies rather than tinkering with the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

S.18C and S.18D of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 should be repealed.

The comments come as the 18c inquiry receives evidence from the Institute of Public Affairs showing that nearly half of Australians want 18c amended to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’. That makes sense, although I’m still confused by the finding that 38% of us like the idea of the government policing our political opinions and Facebook pages.

Meanwhile, Labor is doing its very best to be trumpolished at the next election by whining about ‘racism’ that simply does not exist. Graham Perrett speaks:

But the deputy chair of the inquiry, Labor MP Graham Perrett, said evidence given to a hearing in Hobart yesterday from Equal Opportunity Tasmania, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the University of Tasmania was “overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the current protections” in section 18C.

“The committee heard that racism, including ‘everyday racism’ caused widespread damage to Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse Australians and their communities,” he said.

“As parliamentarians in positions of relative power, it would be arrogant and irresponsible for us to assume we could have any understanding of what it is like to face the type of racism experienced by many Australians every day.”

Perrett’s frothing at the mouth and the inquiry hasn’t even heard from the Islamic groups yet. They are filling up the witness slots over the next two days. No doubt, by the end of the week Perrett will arrogantly be calling for protection of Sharia law in order to maintain community cohesion.

There is a solution for Graham. I suggest that he take an anti-arrogant pill, start acting responsibly and ponder what it’s like to have years of one’s life sucked into the anti-discrimination vortex by a serial complainant who bandies one’s address about with Islamic organisations. That’s my lived experience of tolerance.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. 18c is allowing, and has allowed, Australians to be sued and charged with criminal offence for comments which have no malice intended, but have been part of typical Australian idiom and language for almost two centuries.

    We need to get rid of it!

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  2. For the socialists to control, they must stifle free speech and individual rights. Given that this belief now controls Australia, democracy has disappeared. Kill 18C and we will start to recover some ground!

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  3. Get rid of 18c must be a priority to protect every citizen from being muzzled

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    • I cannot believe how 18c ever become law in Australia.I have seen what happened in East Germany, Russia and China under Mao’s rule but to be muzzled in Australia is beyond belief.Whosoever made this law needs to see a psychiatrist.

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  4. What 18C means is that no one will have a voice to have an opinion regardless weather it’s a factual opinion or even just the plain truth.
    I can’t see such ignoramus fascist laws as such, having any truly good outcome at all.

    Truly wide spread damage due to the government was caused to the true aboriginals by governments standing so far away from the in depth fact of such a subject and now even in 2017 that position has not truly changed at all, as be it with most things.
    Sure I know it’s just a smart political game position to play, because if and when such splatters then such political people are safely that far removed from the true in depth subject, so they can come out of such things as looking somewhat justified, but if they got truly serious and came close to the depths of a subjects, then they could truly get burned, so such stand off afar, this is a technique of political devious cunning that they use to play there little cunning degenerate games and the pushing Political Correctness only in powers such moronic cunning criminal degenerate dictating creeps.

    I have never seen in the history of Political Correctness be a true help a nation or the people, it may give some type of guidance to foolish dolts but that’s all it can do, it does not have wisdom and it’s not under Grace devoted, it’s just a works of man and his short sighted utopian madness, communism social degenerate hogwash.

    With Political Correctness we see mainly such grubs who even look down on Christ and such ignoramus turnabout and bow down to such madness and hell that others from such nations are running away from in fear of there lives.
    But the brainwashed just can’t see it at all and I am sure it was the same with the Nazis, just blindly following along swallowing the whole charade hook line and sinker.

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