Activist censors weaponising boards and tribunals

August 20, 2018

A refugee activist who says Australian pilots should ­refuse to deport illegal immigrants and a feminist who ­argues for the erotic potential of breastfeeding are among the exclusive group that ­decides what commercials we should be allowed to see.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has long called out the march of political correctness through our institutions and these are just more examples.

Mohammad Al-Khafaji and Sydney University gender theories academic Dr Fiona Giles are members of the 19-strong Ad Standards Community Panel, which the The Daily Telegraph revealed this month was behind a politically correct push to ban gender stereotypes in commercials. Advertising agencies say they spend thousands of dollars in legal fees defending content in negotiations with the panel.

Mr Al-Khafaji, who is also secretary of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia and was ­appointed to the Ad Standards panel in 2016, has been campaigning for Qantas to stop its work for the government flying illegal immigrants out of the country.

“As a former refugee, I ask you to refuse deporting ­people seeking asylum back to harm,” he wrote on social media last week.

“Virgin Australia, you can show your leadership too. Let’s do this and join a global movement.”

 Senator Bernardi says this kind of infiltration by the politically correct brigade is getting worse.

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