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Apologies and the law: Alan Jones again

one thing I don’t need is any more apologies i got sorry greetin me at my front door you can keep yrs i don’t know what to do wit em they don’t open doors or bring the sun back they don’t make me happy or get a mornin paper didn’t nobody stop usin my tears […]

Pontificating on the Bolt case again

This post involves further thoughts on the Eatock v Herald Weekly Times case. I have attempted to clarify a few things, and to illustrate on a practical basis exactly why I think the legislation and the decision could be problematic. Introductory remarks on Bolt, affirmative action and group rights First, I should reiterate that I […]

A more detailed analysis of the Bolt case

Background to the case The background to the case is that journalist Andrew Bolt wrote a series of newspaper articles and blog posts which were critical of the plaintiffs, who were all individuals who identified as Aboriginal, but who had pale skin and did not look like stereotypical Aboriginal people. He was critical of the […]

Andrew Bolt found to have contravened Racial Discrimination Act

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States Bromberg J handed down judgment in favour of the plaintiffs in Eatock v Bolt [2011] FCA 1103 this morning. You may recall that I wrote a post while the case was being heard. Bromberg […]

Bolta, racism and free speech

Hello all, I’m still not back at work yet, but I am slowly getting better from pneumonia. I should be back at work next week. A while back I mentioned that certain indigenous plaintiffs were bringing legal action against Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt. Maybe I’m odd; I don’t have the visceral hatred of Bolt […]

Ethnic identity and the law

A long time ago, I was having a debate with some Jewish friends as to when a person could be entitled to call themselves a Jew. One friend claimed that the important factor was self-identification as a Jew. The other claimed that the important factor was recognition of one’s status as a Jew by other […]

Some days…

…you just feel disappointed in your countrymen. Like today. I happened to click on this awful little story in The Australian (reported in more detail at Perth Now): Aboriginal Liberal candidate Ken Wyatt has got [sic] hate mail from people who say they wouldn’t have voted for him if they had known he was indigenous. […]

Offence, the Net and the Law

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer of Voltaire) Disapproving of what someone says but defending their right to say it is sometimes very hard. It sounds fine in principle…until you see something that is really challenging to your ideas […]