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
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.
- How does a racist hide racism?
- Freedom of thought over hurt feelings?
- Tim Wilson as Human Rights Commissioner
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.”
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.