Scrapping the Human Rights Commission Would Save $25 Million

Scrap the Human Rights Commission. Save our liberties and save $25 million, too

Andrew Bolt

Brendan O’Neill suggests another budget cut that would actually leave us better off:

IMAGINE if there were a women’s rights organisation that said women should stay in the kitchen…

Well, it is no more weird than having a human rights commission that has devoted itself not to the expansion of freedom but to the strangling of it…

Australia’s Human Rights Commission must be one of the worst cases of Orwellian doublespeak in the modern world. It has the word rights in its name yet in practice this vast bureaucratic outfit that is funded by government to the tune of $25 million a year does far more to thwart freedom than it does to promote it…

Anyone with a reasonable grasp of the English language might expect an organisation such as the HRC to defend something such as freedom of speech, the most important of all rights.

This is the right on which every other right we enjoy is built. Without the freedom to speak our minds, publish our ideas and hawk our ideologies, everything from the right to vote to artistic rights becomes meaningless, ­impossible even.

So does this group of well-paid, well-fed rights defenders defend the foundational right of people to say what lurks in our minds and hearts? Nope… They’re forever reminding folk their right to free speech can be rescinded if they say anything too outrageous or risky or threatening to public morals.

So in the debate about section 18C, in this key ideological clash over whether the state should have the authority to tell individuals what they can think and say, most of the HRC has come down on the side of the state control rather than the individual liberty.