Federal

Jan 9, 2017

The wildest and wackiest submissions to the 18C inquiry

From mankind’s divine freedom of speech to the Australian Human Rights Commission being a "get rich scheme for protected minorities", there are some eye-watering submissions to the 18C inquiry. Crikey intern Liam Apter rounds up the best.

Remember our old friend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act? Yes, that is still a thing — and to remind you of where we left off before the break, the Joint Committee on Human Rights is conducting an inquiry into the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 including sections 18C and 18D and whether they restrict free speech.

On November 8 Attorney-General George Brandis announced the inquiry into the RDA and into whether the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) handles complaints properly. This was, as usual, a sop to the right of the Liberal Party, as Senator Cory Bernardi et al believe 18C to be an impediment to their freedoms. 

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