The man likely to be Australia's next Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has used a lunchtime speech to the conservative think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs to call for Australia's racial vilification laws to be wound back
Section 18C makes race hate speech unlawful, but not illegal.
Abbott's calls come in the same week that Facebook has been in the firing-line over hosting the controversial "Aboriginal Memes" page. [more inside]
Controversial Australian newspaper columnist
and television host Andrew Bolt
has been found to have breached the Racial Discrimination Act
when he suggested in 2009 that "fаіr-skinned Aborigines identified themselves аѕ such fοr personal gain" (official court judgement)
. Andrew Bolt has responded
, along with other writers claiming the ruling will "harm healthy debate"
and "stile free speech".
Commentary site Crikey has collected other responses
and suggests that 'he may turn out to be the courtroom loser who wins the propaganda war'.
Left wing Australian Blogger / TV writer Ms Fits
receives some very interesting fan mail asking for advice. Definitely NSFW if the title didn't give that away.
Ms Fits is known for her work as a writer on Neighbours
, her short lived TV series Last Man Standing
, her blog
, and her long running arguments
with right-wing columnist Andrew Bolt