Posts in ‘Legal’

Let’s rub out bigotry (and Catherine Deveny) Bill

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I always thought that George Brandis was right – it is legal to be a bigot in this country – but Bill Shorten has corrected him, a correction which he tacitly seems to have accepted by abandoning his attempt to change section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act. According to Bill “…bigotry has no place […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:49 am | Comments (26) |

Consensus on racism ought to be the end of 18c

Monday, April 28th, 2014

One reason it is difficult to argue for the abolition of Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act is because there is no-one prepared to say that discriminating against someone based on race is OK. It allows supporters to switch the argument from free speech to whether you support racism or bigotry, or as Van […]

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Posted by Graham at 11:22 pm | Comments (10) |
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Kids in detention: New AHRC Inquiry

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Yesterday the Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the second inquiry into the human rights of children in immigration detention. See:  www.humanrights.gov.au/national-inquiry-children-immigration-detention-2014 Between 2002 and 2004 I as the Australian Human Rights Commissioner have conducted the first inquiry that resulted in a report ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’ tabled in […]

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Posted by Sev Ozdowski at 6:29 am | Comments (1) |

The Local Government Referendum

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

This week, the Parliament has been debating the Constitution Alteration (Local Government) Bill 2013.  It is the legislation to authorise the amendment of the Constitution to recognise local government.  If the referendum is successful, section 96 of the Constitution will read as follows: During a period of ten years after the establishment of the Commonwealth and […]

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Freedom of speech, freedom of expression and the Bolt decision

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Those in doubt that the Andrew Bolt case is about free speech need only think about the contortions of logic necessary to dismissing the proposition that it is about free speech. On his blog, my friend Mark Bahnisch says that “free speech is not at issue here” before observing that “[f]ree speech, as the judgment […]

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IPCC an unreliable witness

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

I’ve met lawyers who tell me I should just accept the IPCC view. For members of a profession paid to scrutinise each last detail of their opponents case this strikes me as bizarre. One US academic lawyer takes a different view and puts the IPCC in the box and finds it an unreliable witness.

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