Australian Conservatives

Labor attacks Free Speech

Only a week after denying the Australian people their democratic vote on same-sex marriage by blocking the Government’s plebiscite bill, the Australian Labor Party (ALP) has launched a nefarious attack on our freedom of speech.

Seemingly unable to allow genuine debate over reforming Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, Labor is resorting to name-calling and accusations – as they did during the plebiscite debate.

Their latest petition calls for 20,000 signatures to reject “Hate speech, racism and bigotry, and changing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.”

This is, quite simply, intolerance masquerading as tolerance. The ALP is unashamedly turning freedom of speech into a political football. And while there can be no winners of this game, respect and common sense are set to be the real losers.

On Tuesday, Labor’s newest senator, Kimberley Kitching, effectively broke ranks with her party, implying that the 2011 racial discrimination case against conservative columnist Andrew Bolt was a Labor stitch-up.

She told The Bolt Report that the judge in the case, Justice Mordecai Bromberg, was an ALP factional player who actively sought preselection for the former federal seat of Burke in 2001. 

“Obviously he would have had some views about you, and perhaps he was not the best person to hear your case,” she told Bolt.

Enough is enough of the Left’s duplicitous tactics and intolerance. 

We have seen some promising developments toward reforming Section 18C in recent weeks.

The ridiculous case against three QUT students who spoke out some three years ago after being asked to leave an unsigned Indigenous computer lab was finally thrown out of court. 

And the equally ridiculous case against cartoonist Bill Leak looks set to be dropped, after both solicited parties indicated they no longer want to pursue legal action.

Indications also point towards the Prime Minister softening his stance, with the announcement of an inquiry in the Racial Discrimination Act to determine whether it places “unreasonable limits on free speech”.

Labor’s petition, then, is a desperate attempt to stall momentum and place a roadblock on any legislative reform. 

We cannot allow this to happen.

We must redouble our efforts to ensure free speech is protected and Labor’s divisive and intolerant tactics are exposed.

In collaboration with the Institute for Public Affairs and Senator Cory Bernardi, we’re joining forces to send a strong message for freedom of speech.

Senator Cory Bernardi has already collected 22,000 signatures on his petition, demanding the terms “offend” and “insult” be removed from Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. But we feel we can do much better that that. 

If you haven’t yet signed, please add your name here.

If you have, forward this email to friends and family, or share the page on Facebook, Twitter or other social-media channels. Let’s get as many people on board as we can!

The fight for freedom of speech is still very much alive. Together, we can stand up to the Left and make a real difference.