The big news in Australia this week has been the hilariously incompetent attempts by the Liberal government, sorry, make that the “Turnbull Team”, to pass amendments to the 18c Racial Discrimination Act. As reported in The Australian, the Liberals are merely attempting to change around the wording.
The government is proposing to reform section 18C by making it unlawful to “harass” or “intimidate” someone on the basis of their race, colour, national or ethnic origin and is pushing for procedural changes at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Currently, 18C makes it unlawful to “offend,” “insult” or “humiliate” an individual because of their race.
Hands up who thinks that the definition of the words “harass” and “intimidate” will be cannon fodder for the legions of human rights lawyers waiting expectantly in the wings?