From my favourite Catholic...
Thank you for your ongoing support against totalitarian laws such as 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). This law:
causes community division,
fails to target speech that actually calls for violence (such as calls for jihad), and
leads to political witch hunts against conservative Australians.
This is the law that has been used to silence Andrew Bolt. This is the law that has been used to destroy the lives of university students kicked out of unmarked 'Indigenous Only' computer labs. This is the law that paved the way for other state-based laws that are now criminalising Australians for their conservative views on marriage.
PERHAPS WORST OF ALL, THIS IS THE LAW WHICH WHITE PEOPLE CANNOT USE.
The Federal Court rule over a decade ago that 'white' people are not protected by the Racial Discrimination Act. It is a special law for special people and it must go.
Over 5,200 people have signed my submission calling for this law to be repealed. Thanks to your support, this means that my submission will be the most supported submission to this inquiry.
There are now two days left for Australians to add their names to this submission. You can do so here: http://bernardgaynor...au/18c-inquiry/
Thank you once again and below is a press release I issued a few moments ago:
7 DECEMBER 2016
AUSTRALIANS BACK REPEAL OF 18C AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
More than 5,000 Australians have signed my parliamentary submission calling for the repeal of S.18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and the abolition of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
This submission is likely to be the most well-supported submission to the joint parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia. This inquiry has attracted significant public interest and I have been informed that so many submissions have been received that it may be some time before any are published on the inquiry's webpage.
The support for my submission demonstrates strong levels of community concern about anti-discrimination legislation. Many Australians, for good reason, view bodies like the Australian Human Rights Commission as nothing more than a left-wing political police force.
Speech that incites violence on racial grounds is already criminalised under S80.2A and S80.2B of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) and other state laws. Unfortunately, these laws are not being enforced and incitement to violence goes unpunished. Meanwhile, cartoonists and university students are instead targeted for their political commentary or innocuous statements of fact.
It is time for special laws for special people to be scrapped. They are divisive and lead to political witch hunts. Instead, all Australians should be treated equally before the law and speech that incites violence should be targeted, regardless of whether it is racially-motivated or not.
My submission can be read here: http://bernardgaynor...au/18c-inquiry/