White men using media platforms to mock indigenous people, News Corp attacking its critics, cries of free speech, the Coalition trying to find a culture wars angle -- we've been here before.

In 2011, I found myself in the difficult position of defending Andrew Bolt, who was being prosecuted under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act for a deeply offensive, racially abusive and typically wrong column in which he claimed nine indigenous writers, academics and community leaders somehow gained advantage from the colour of their skin.