Allowing people to publicly discriminate on grounds of race and ethnicity in the name of free speech is atrocious. He has no idea what free speech means. My right to say what I like should not extend to vilifying someone else based on race.
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06-08-2012 14:23 #11
06-08-2012 14:25 #12Senior Member
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I am seriously worried about the future society my children will have to be apart of.
I think he is opening us up to ad campaigns based on racist, homophobic, sexist ect beliefs that can hide behind the name of free speach. Frightening.
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06-08-2012 14:36 #13
Just a taste of what's to come. God help us all.
The scary thing is that many people agree with him and will vote for him.
06-08-2012 14:39 #14
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06-08-2012 15:23 #15
I wish that awful awful man would go away.
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06-08-2012 16:33 #16
Whilst I don't think "hurt feelings" is a strong enough ground to curb free speech there has to be levels of accountability. Inciting hate, discrimination or putting lives in danger should not be tolerated in a civilised society. But even saying that I'm ok with a neo-nazi being able to voice their opinion (albeit a repugnant opinion) providing their are platforms and forums to rebut. However, I don't think anyone could argue that there should be no restrictions to free speech - that would make it ok to stand in a full theatre and should "FIRE" for the fun of it.
06-08-2012 16:44 #17
Tony Abbott is doing this so friends of his like Andrew Bolt can get away with being racist idiots.
It doesn't surprise me really, the guy has no substance.
06-08-2012 16:44 #18
Now I have gathered myself I'll explain why I find this so offensive.
Firstly, this will have more than an effect on the media, it will knock on to society in general. People will have no issue making racial slights and citing free speech as an excuse.
Secondly this isn't free speech. One can have an opinion and voice it without hating on certain groups bc they are well... in that group. Minimising racism to people getting "hurt feelings" is very sad. I liken it to the 'HTFU and stop being so sensitive.... people can't make you feel anything you don't decide to feel' rubbish I see on here - victim blaming.
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06-08-2012 17:01 #19Senior Member
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This worries me because it means people like Andrew Bolt and the likes will write rubbish, like the articles mentioned about fair-skinned Anoriginal people, or Muslims, and some people read these things and actually believe it. I believe there need to be laws in place to protect minority groups from uneducated bullying like this.
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06-08-2012 17:07 #20Senior Member
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I actually think that the news article quoted at the start of the thread doesn't really explain what's happening well enough.
It's not about 'anything goes' at all. It's about trying to stop the labour government from going down a bit of an Orwellian path, as well as looking at how we legislate and how we define terms used in legislation.
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