A panel discussion on the Seven Network about preventing the abuse of Aboriginal children has triggered a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has a bill before the Senate to remove the most problematic words,"offend" and "insult", from 18C.
The Australian reports, aboriginal activists who lodged the complaint allege the panel discussion, on Seven’s Sunrise program, caused them to feel offended, insulted, humiliated and intimidated on the basis of their race.
Seven has begun legal action to strike down a finding by the broadcasting regulator that Sunrise breached broadcasting codes in March by including “strong negative generalisations about indigenous people”.
Sunrise host Sam Armytage had inaccurately stated, based on a report from The Courier-Mail, that indigenous children who were suffering abuse could “only be placed with relatives or other indigenous families”.
Panellist Prue MacSween said “just like the first Stolen Generations where a lot of children were taken because it was for their wellbeing, we need to do it again, perhaps”.
The Conservative Party says the changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are essential to prevent serial complainants exploiting complaints procedures to waste the time and money of perfectly innocent people who are merely expressing an opinion.
Had the act been changed, we would never have seen the gratuitous and aggressive pursuit of the likes of the late Bill Leak, Andrew Bolt, Sonia Kruger or the Q.U.T. Students.
Conservative Party leader has told Sky News the AHRC should be abolished.
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