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.
QUT student Calum Thwaites arrives at the Federal Court in Brisbane.
The QUT students case was a litmus case for 18C- and it highlighted its serious flaws.
The norm is now that it is no longer OK to discriminate on the basis of race.
The 'good old days' when we could make racist comments without legal recourse were not that good at all – especially for those on the receiving end.
Cory Bernardi is leading the push for changes to Section 18C.
The debate around amending Section 18C is a furphy: the law is there to guard against the most-damaging vilification, and very few cases end up in court.
Cory Bernardi is set to introduce a private member’s bill to reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
The Constitution’s external affairs power does not support Section 18C. And the section also impermissibly infringes the implied freedom of political communication.
The car that was set ablaze outside Perth’s Thornlie Mosque. Offensive graffiti was also scrawled on a wall nearby.
Legislating against racial and religious vilification is highly fraught, as the ongoing debate around Section 18C has demonstrated, and unlikely to become less so any time soon.
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Recent commentary about the so-called “French” idea of free speech is fuelling confusion and misinformation in the debate about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 in Australia. Human Rights…