Bill Leak has compared the Australian Human Rights Commission to “Islamist terrorists” as he calls for the repeal of contentious race-hate laws, hitting out at the agency for “persecuting” him over a provocative cartoon.
Note how the lame stream media appeals to your sense of ‘fairness’ by calling censorship of free speech “contentious race-hate laws”. Free speech is not about race hate, it is our birthright as as citizens of a free country. It is also a suggestion that Australians cannot be trusted to speak freely because they’re all “racist”. To put Bill Leak’s prosecution in exclamation marks adds insult to injury. Triggs’ frivolous discrimination lawsuits are destroying peoples lives and careers. Triggs, the whole HRC circus and 18C need to be scrapped. Australia doesn’t need a speech police.
In his submission to the parliamentary inquiry on freedom of speech, The Australian’s editorial cartoonist says the commission’s complaint-handling process was not only “punishing” but acted as a warning “to anyone else still naive enough to believe they lived in a free society”.
All three complaints lodged under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act against Leak’s cartoon — depicting an Aboriginal police officer handing over a “wayward” boy to his father, who has forgotten his son’s name — have been dropped by the AHRC after two months of investigations.
“While less murderous than the tactics deployed by Islamist terrorists, the actions taken by the AHRC were no less authoritarian and they sprang from the same impulse: to use whatever means they have at their disposal to silence those with whom they disagree,” Leak says.
“Section 18C … was just the ticket. It provided them with the blunt and brutal weapon they were looking for.”
Using his case as an example of why the law should be repealed, Leak said his cartoon was not an attempt to “malign indigenous people on the basis of their race” but to “shine the spotlight on the truth of family dysfunction in indigenous communities”.
“It should never have even been possible for someone like me to be subjected to such illiberal persecution in Australia and if we, as Australians, are to continue to take pride in proclaiming ourselves to be citizens of a free country, I believe we will have to take steps to ensure it never happens to anyone else, ever again,” he says.
Commission president Gillian Triggs has said she must inquire into and attempt to conciliate all written complaints under 18C and the majority of matters are resolved within four months.
But Leak said the commission’s investigative procedures were “opaque” and “unsatisfactory”.
The Institute of Public Affairs welcomed the discontinuing of the third complaint against Leak but called it a “hollow win for free speech”. “A complaint doesn’t have to be successful for people to feel threatened,” director of policy Simon Breheny said.