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Brandis bowled for a duck

Not surprisingly, I was very pleased to see the decision by Cabinet leaving George Brandis high and dry over his proposed 18C changes. Sadly this brings a lot of media coverage to Andrew Bolt, giving his irritating voice a bit more of a megaphonic melodramatic edge than usual. Brandis, the man who says we all have a right to be a bigot – unless we are a bigot about bigots, of course.

Attorney-General George Brandis has defended the Government’s plan to amend a key part of the nation’s racial discrimination laws, saying people have “a right to be bigots”. Source: ABC

What has annoyed me is the presentation in some of the media that bowling Brandis out for a duck was about keeping the Muslims on side. I have nothing against Muslims, I am married to one after all. But the public outcry over proposed 18C changes wasn’t because of Muslims.

Desire to bring Muslims back ‘onside’ led to dumping

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/desire-to-bring-muslims-back-onside-led-to-dumping-20140805-3d6n0.html#ixzz39c8s9xRB

To claim it was is very convenient for Mr Bolt, of course, but let’s not forget his high profile case was over his accusations about another persecuted group in our society. Non-white people who, to his eyes, looked a little too white.

I’m not writing much about this today. I wrote much before.

Of course, Tim Wilson is also fretting over the Government’s change of heart. Tim is always happy to choose which freedoms he will support.

But the move was welcomed by Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.

“My concern about what was proposed by the Federal Government… was that it would embolden a small minority of Australians with bigoted attitudes to believe they had complete impunity to racially abuse and harass others in the name of free speech,” he said.

“The decision that leadership sends on matters of race is fundamentally important.”

Source: ABC

It is nothing more than a political ploy to allow easier passage of another piece of legislation relating to involvement in terrorism. The politicians seem to think we will find one more palatable if they drop the other, so suddenly 18C becomes all about Muslims.

18C was and is about a great deal more in our society than our Muslim family, friends, co-workers and neighbours.

Remember that.

 

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2 comments on “Brandis bowled for a duck

  1. Is a laugh without humour, a scoff? Scoff seems to have confrontational overtones, but it is with more sadness than aggression that I read the SMH article headline.

    Here was I thinking that considered opinion and the correspondence and rallies had been listened to and acted upon. Silly me. Here was I thinking that the actions and reactions had been a non partisan, nationwide response from informed voters. But no.

    The government, it seems, responded to a small, homogeneous group from the ubiquitous Sydney suburbs in an event to get other, just as toxic, legislation over the line. It was all the ‘fault’ of the Muslims.

    I don’t know whether I’m more offended by the assumption that all people of that faith are casually assumed to fit the above mentioned voting bloc, that the voting bloc will not independently review and respond to the ‘terrorist legislation’ (or scarier will be reluctant to do so because of fear of further linking terrorism with Muslim or Arab in the mind of the general populace) or that no action of other individuals and groups matter.

    Anyway, taking some solace from a good outcome. Score one for the right not to let bigots rule.

    • Thank you Jan, for your insightful comment. I did not like the marketing ploy much at all, but like you, taking some solace from the fact 18C remains – at least for the moment.

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