Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech.
A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.
Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs.
Looking back at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s foundation shows that human rights have never been above politics.
The federal court dismissed claims brought under the Racial Discrimination Act against three Queensland University of Technology students under section 18C.
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The time is right for a crash course on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, its exemptions and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, constantly under attack from some in the Coalition, ends her term next year.
Malcolm Turnbull, who just recently had “no plans” to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), has now launched an inquiry that will lead to changing both it and the Human Rights Commission…
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has warned against laws that violate freedom.
While the debate around Section 18C has raged, a host of other laws that impinge on freedom of speech have been quietly introduced.
A recent Human Rights Watch report condemned Australia for its ‘abusive’ approach to asylum seekers.
Strong evidence backs the increasing weight of international sentiment opposing Australia’s human rights record. Australia may already have pariah status in terms of its asylum policies.
Peter Dutton has proven why he should not be given sole power under the government’s proposed new law to revoke the citizenship of dual nationals involved in terrorist activities.
Last Friday, Attorney-General George Brandis and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton issued an extraordinary statement declaring that the president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, needed…
What we know of the harm that indefinite detention does to children underpins the case for partisan opposition to the policy.
We should never accept that a Human Rights Commission ought to be non-partisan or depoliticised. Without both, it would be incapable of doing its job.
Attorney-General George Brandis has reiterated his lack of confidence in Gillian Triggs.
The Senate has censured Attorney-General George Brandis, saying he is "unfit to hold the office", over his behaviour in relation to Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs.
The most recent allegations against George Brandis stem from Gillian Triggs’ evidence to a Senate estimates hearing.
Regardless of whether George Brandis' action was illegal, it represents an attempt by the very institutions charged with protecting the rule of law to unduly influence it.
In parliament Julie Bishop flatly contradicted evidence given by a senior public servant.
The government's war on Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has deepened into a major test of credibility, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop flatly contradicting evidence given by a senior public servant.
Gillian Triggs has been subjected to sustained attacks from government MPs and The Australian newspaper in recent times.
The attacks on Gillian Triggs are the latest in a series of campaigns The Australian has waged against those in public life with whom it disagrees or against whom it has a grievance.
Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs said she had no doubt the seeking of her resignation and the offer of a future role were connected.
After a day-long government assault on Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, she's still in place.
The failure of senior ministers of government to observe basic protocols of respect for the Human Rights Commission and its president, Gillian Triggs, gives the nation a signal that the institutions of democracy are dispensable.
In his incautious remarks about the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) report into children in detention, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shown a disregard for basic institutions of democracy that…
A drawing by a six-year-old child detained at the Christmas Island detention centre.
The federal government has tabled the long-awaited Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report into children held in immigration detention. The report, which recommends a royal commission be held…
Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs has come under attack from sections of the media and government.
Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs has been the subject of unusually fierce criticism by sections…