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.

In an extended to-and-forth with one-time ALP pre-selection contender Justice Mordy Bromberg, Neil Young, for Bolt, argued his client had cast no aspersions over the Aboriginality of the nine applicants suing him, but was simply concerned with “the consequences for the rest of Australia” of the failure of the nine to identify with other aspects of their heritage.