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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: Lazar hits back? … 18c battles … paper cuts …

Renegade tries to smear ABC in wake of Four Corners expose on Ian Lazar. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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A hard case of harmful speech: should we ban anti-vaccination talk?

There are better examples of speech that causes harm than the ones we’re debating in relation to the Racial Discrimination Act. What about the anti-vaxxers?

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Media briefs: Janet v 18c … racing v mining … March madness …

Rundle: the 18c wars, latest dispatch … Wrong place for a mine (better for horses) … Front page(s) of the day …

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Essential: thumbs down to knights and dames, but RDA splits voters

Voters are split on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, today’s Essential Report finds, while even those who favour deregulation want more regulation in those areas that affect them personally.

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Jousting on knighthoods

Crikey readers talk knighthoods, how to fund public transport and what should be done with section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Knights and daze

Crikey readers talk Abbott’s new titles, the Racial Discrimination Act and Crimea, and they want to give Guy Rundle a knighthood (we do too).

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Government risks looking out of touch as it clumsily sells free speech

Labor believes it can hurt the government on racial discrimination and the government is making its job easier with its poor selling.

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Fracking is destructive, no matter how you try to spin it

Crikey readers share their thoughts on The Australian’s media stoush, fracking and other issues of the day.

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Racial Discrimination Act: Brandis moves to amend — not repeal — 18C

The government has unveiled its amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, removing the concept of offence but adding racial vilification for the first time.

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On race, discrimination and white men’s privilege

White men don’t face racial discrimination. Advocates of reforming the Racial Discrimination Act should acknowledge their own privilege, and be more consistent in defending free speech.

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When cutting red tape causes more red tape

Crikey readers have their say on coal seam gas, the Racial Discrimination Act and more …

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Racial vilification: why defenders of section 18C fail

The defence of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act falters on the key issue of subjectivity.

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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: stories in the clear, but HWT to apologise

Andrew Bolt will not be forced to apologise over a series of articles on lighter-skinned members of the Aboriginal community, the Federal Court was told this morning.

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Bolt on trial: ‘I cast no aspersions over their Aboriginality’

Andrew Bolt’s defence QC has mounted a torturous argument to show his high-profile client failed to fall foul of the Racial Discrimination Act in the Federal Court this morning.

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Bolt on trial: judge questions key claims

Federal Court judge Mordy Bromberg has questioned key elements of Andrew Bolt’s defence in a racial discrimination case brought by nine prominent members of the Aboriginal community this morning.

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Bolt on trial: columnist hits back on slur claims

Right wing Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt has been verbally restrained by a Federal Court judge after he slammed an anti-discrimination case brought against him as an “unforgivable travesty” designed to “smear me.”

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Andrew Bolt attacks ‘false, offensive’ claims

Australia’s most popular opinion writer has branded the equation of his views on Aboriginality with Nazi eugenics as “false and grossly offensive” in the Federal Court today.

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The extraordinary assault on Andrew Bolt

Again, the courts have been the venue for a savage attack on free speech, this time involving Andrew Bolt.

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Shame, shame, shame: Hinch a victim of campaign against free speech

The prosecution of Derryn Hinch reflects our indifference to the legal system’s ongoing campaign against free speech, or at least free speech in its limited Australian form. And the Victorian legal system is the epicentre of these attacks.

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Bolt in court: freedom of speech v the prohibition of race hate

Short of force of arms, there is surely no more awesome power in the modern world than the ability to define and represent people in the public eye.

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