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The declining power of the ethnic lobby — with one big exception

In the storm around proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, it’s clear ethnic lobby groups are not as powerful as they once were. Except one, writes Crikey intern Ania Dutka.

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Freedom of speech should not trump freedom from humiliation

The changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are not only bad policy, they are unfair, write Giri Sivaraman from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Macquarie University’s Jessica McLean.

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Media briefs: Bolt v Langton v ABC … Ten’s ad rebound? …

The ABC has apologised to Andrew Bolt, but Bolt says it’s not enough. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: SMH ‘scoop’ … Bolt’s blues … dark Darwin …

Andrew Bolt has been called a racist, and he’s terribly, terribly sad about it. Plus other media tidbits of the day …

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Racial vilification first on George Brandis’ chopping block

What do George Brandis’ amendments to the Racial Vilification Code signal? Shipra Chordia and Andrew Lynch of the University of NSW Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law look at his agenda at Inside Story.

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Rundle: Bolt stuck between left and right

The Right has sought to portray Andrew Bolt’s support as coming solely from its own side. Yet this is the opposite of the truth.

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Andrew Bolt’s readers save the day

Andrew Bolt’s rights have been trampled on, freedom of speech has been denied to him and he has been silenced. Sort of.

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Double-page ‘correction’ for Bolt’s racial discrimination

The Herald Sun has been ordered to publish two humiliating double-page corrections spelling out why two of Andrew Bolt’s articles shamed light-skinned members of the Aboriginal community.

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Denmore on Bolt: the #1 journalistic imperative should always be the truth

Even our most respected media observers have been arguing against the Andrew Bolt High Court ruling. But here’s something to remember: freedom of speech is crucial but the truth is more important, writes Mr Denmore.

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Remember the Bourbons

Crikey readers have their say.

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Rundle: on Bolt, it’s Marcia Langton v Marcia Langton

The debate between the two Marcia Langtons looks set to continue for years to come.

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Bolt decision represents an ideological bind

The Andrew Bolt judgment (Boltgate? Gatebolt) has had and will have a lot of keystrokes devoted to it over the next while, but most of them will be from either the liberal-left, the cultural left, or the Right.

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Andrew Bolt and holding journalism to acount

Crikey readers have their say.

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Bolt case: everyone has their rights, even Andrew

Those who detest Andrew Bolt’s views applaud, with few exceptions, his conviction for racial vilification, while those who defend his right to express himself turn out, again with few exceptions, to be his political supporters.

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Bolt decision: ‘Irresponsible journalism illegal’? Think again

Making “irresponsible” journalism illegal? You don’t have to like Andrew Bolt to find that notion worrying, but dressing up this week’s decision as a major assault on freedom of speech is putting it far too high.

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Andrew Bolt et al

Crikey readers have their say.

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Bolt divides over court ruling

An attack on free speech or a win against racial offence in the media? The Federal Court ruling that Andrew Bolt breached the Racial Discrimination Act has the commentariat in two distinct camps.

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Bolt decision: Anita Heiss hopes for ‘more responsible media’

Anita Heiss’ statement on Eatock versus HWT.

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Bolt decision: guilty of discrimination, judge declares

Federal Court judge Mordy Bromberg has found right-wing scribe Andrew Bolt and his publisher Herald & Weekly Times guilty of a serious breach of the Racial Discrimination Act in Melbourne this morning.

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He lost the fight, but may win the war

Even though Andrew Bolt lost his race discrimination case in the Federal Court this morning, who actually won?

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First shots: Bolt attacks ‘Left-wing judges’ as News rallies troops

Andrew Bolt has fired a warning shot ahead of the looming judgment in his racial discrimination case, using his regular column in this morning’s Herald Sun to launch an attack against “left-wing” judges.

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Bolt on trial: Herald Sun wants to publish the lot

The Herald Sun has launched an unprecedented bid to publish the totality of “proceedings, argument and evidence” in the Andrew Bolt racial discrimination case, sparking fears of a massive media campaign to bag the trial in the eyes of the public.

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Andrew Bolt on trial: final plea to ban ‘unlawful’ Hun stories

The two senior silks representing nine prominent members of the Aboriginal community in the Andrew Bolt race case have concluded their submissions with a passionate plea for Judge Mordy Bromberg to ban the Herald Sun from publishing “unlawful” stories in the future.

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Andrew Bolt on trial: questions of Aboriginal identity, writing intent

Former Federal Court Judge Ron Merkel has raised the spectre of thousands of vulnerable young Aborigines suffering for years at the hands of Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt as the conservative scribe’s race case continued this morning

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Politics and plaster ducks, aka kitsch as kitsch can

There’s always something mysterious about kitsch; every time you think you’ve defined it, it slips away.

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