After the Australian Law Reform Commission this week panned the federal government's new sedition laws, it's time for a reminder that Canberra is not the only source of threats to free speech. Racial vilification laws are also back in the news, with a remarkable case from Western Australia.

WA introduced new racial vilification laws last year after a spate of white supremacist attacks in Perth. But the first person charged under them was an Aboriginal girl in Kalgoorlie.