Position Vacant – Let’s keep it that way: Bernardi

Saturday 15 September marks the 33rd anniversary of the introduction of the Racial Hatred Act in 1995 which inserted section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, severely restricting free speech.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi attempted to move a motion in the Senate today referencing a research brief from the Institute of Public Affairs which notes that the Race Relations Commissioner fulfils no substantive function.

Senator Bernardi’s motion called for either the Commissioner’s position to remain vacant or for a Commissioner to be appointed who will:

Unite Australians around Australian values and refrain from publicly campaigning or advocating that Australians make complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission under section 18C.

Unfortunately the motion was defeated by the Greens, Labor, Coalition and Centre Alliance Senators.