It seems the ALP will retain the SA seat of Elder, which is where the Lib candidate Carolyn Habib complained loudly about a "very offensive" Labor leaflet. The federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, called a press conference to denounce the leaflet as "overtly racist" and a "racist slur".
Now most independent commentators dismiss these accusations as groundless. But the curious thing is that Brandis is also championing the removal of 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which deals with "vilification", on the grounds that it impedes freedom of speech.
It seems Brandis is intent on nailing the sign "Cynical hypocrite" to his forehead.
ETA: Do you deem the pamphlet to be racist?
Last edited by Father; 16-03-2014 at 12:46.
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How would you feel being told by a court that something is racist that you don't think is racist?
All Habib would have to do would be to say that she was 'offended' or 'humiliated' or 'intimidated'. The onus would be on the Labor party to show that she wasn't. Do you really think that is good legislation???
I think there is a comparison (after viewing the pamphlet against Habib), to what went on for Bolt (as outlined in one of the links previously). Where he mentioned that a aboriginal was fair skinned.
I think that if one - a pamphlet showing a middle eastern surname against a wall with a silhouette (whether the black marks are supposed to depict bullet holes as I've read, I'm dubious), is thinly veiled racism, then I suppose describing someone as fair skinned and blonde haired is racism too.
But then again they could both not be racist? But isn't whole premise of 18C that it's all about the "likelihood" of offending the person or someone of that race? In which case it does cover a whole multitude of words and images as everything is likely to offend someone somewhere....
@Father & @pegasus
Bolt would never have been convicted if he had not invented "facts" to support his racist contentions. Your interpretation of the legislation is at odds with its actual application by the courts. (Please feel free to cite relevant cases if you think I'm wrong).
But that's not the issue I was raising, which is the hypocrisy of Brandis, who played the racism card in a cynical and failed attempt to restart the Lib's stalled momentum in SA. Totally inapproriate behavious for the nation's top law officer.
Last edited by JohnC; 16-03-2014 at 14:09.
One should note in that regard that no one is alleging the content of the leaflet was either false or misleading.
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