Nov 17, 2016

The Oz has literally written more about the ‘thought police’ than George Orwell did

The Australian has devoted enough words to the issue of 18C and its own cartoonist to fill an entire novel. Crikey journalist Josh Taylor and intern Tamsin Rose report.

The Australian has produced more than 134,000 words on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in the three months since the publication of that Bill Leak cartoon. To put that in perspective, that is more words than are in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, George Orwell’s 1984, or Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.


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10 thoughts on “The Oz has literally written more about the ‘thought police’ than George Orwell did

  1. Dog's Breakfast

    So much free speech about their lack of free speech. Turds!

  2. Stephen Darragh

    I believe the Tzu you were looking for was Sun Tzu, rather than Lao Tzu.

  3. Teddy

    The Oz clearly went into overdrive, but I’m glad someone did something… It’s a tragedy that the left are no longer willing to go into battle over freedom of expression issues. Baying for the blood of a cartoonist – demanding that he should face some sort of tribunal for an opinion, no matter what it is – is obscene. This isn’t the behaviour of the”left” I grew up with in the 70s. I know its what many (apparently) now believe, but I find it ugly and very, very disturbing.

    1. andrew

      As has already been said, Leek’s cartoon is protected by 18d. So why rail against 18c?

      Perhaps the Aus could fight for the injustices suffered by boat borne asylum seekers.

      1. Teddy

        Yes Leek was protected by 18D, so I wonder why this fiasco, which has clearly blown up in the HRC and Gillian Triggs’ face, was even begun? Didn’t someone amongst all those very well- paid legal people know that, and think, hang on, this complaint (from someone who safely lives in Germany!) is waste of money and time?

        I’ll answer that question myself. Just as the Oz has gone all obsessional, so have many on the left. Calling for a cartoonist to be ostracised, sanctioned, made bankrupt, hounded out of a job – whatever those baying for his blood had in mind… is just appalling. It is NOT left-wing behaviour as I know it, and I’m now feeling hugely ashamed of a political label I’ve worn all my life…

        For the record, I didn’t much like the cartoon, and would prefer Leek’s satire was directed upward at the rich and powerful… As it often is. But hauling him over the coals like this has been incredibly damaging to the left – and made Triggs and the HRC the object of derision and scorn. Justifiably in my view… And on this I’m glad the defenders of freedom have won.

  4. Graeski

    It’s simple: 18C makes it much harder for the fascist Right to launch a race hate-based campaign that appeals to the disaffected in the same way as the one we’ve just seen in the US. Hence, 18C has to go.

  5. AR

    “That’s the difficulty of arguing with someone who buys ink by the barrel”, Truth is soon drowned.
    Whenever Blot bloviates, it must be pointed out that, unlike his constant whinge, he was convicted for breaching 18C but 18D – sloppy journalism and fact checking.

  6. klewso

    “Burn the witch! Burn the witch!”

    1. klewso

      Pythonesque –
      “The Trial of Gillian Triggs – Limited News Media Gangin’ ’em Style” :-
      ….. “We have found a witch. May we burn her?”….
      … “Bring her forward.”
      …. “I’m not a witch. I’m not a witch.”
      “But you are dressed as one?’
      “They dressed me up like this” says Gillian, pointing to the Limited News rabble “And this isn’t my nose, its a false one.”
      Lifting carrot nose “Well?” to the mob.
      “… Well we did do the nose.”
      “The nose?”
      “And the hat…. But she is a witch…..”
      “Did you dress her up like this?” of the troop.
      “No! (no no… no) Yes. (yes yeah) a bit (a bit bit a bit) But she has got a wart!” …. and on it’s gone, newts, warts and all.

  7. Nathan Lee

    18C + 18D really only carve out the most racist bad-faith intentioned hate speech – it’s easy to see why they want it gone – makes for nice easy fodder for the rage-machine. Much easier to just recycle every discredited theory of racial superiority/inferiority as a distraction from the real issues.

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