Soutphommasane's last day on racial division

August 07, 2018

Departing Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has signed off the job with his final address urging like-minded people to continue where he leaves off. The Commission is just one of a number the Conservative Party proposes abolishing, in seeking to abolish its parent body, the out-of-touch Human Rights Commission. 

In his address to the Whitlam Institute in Sydney, Soutphommasane said "there has never been a more exciting time to be a dog-whistling politician or a race-baiting commentator in Australia."

The potential future Attorney-General, Labor shadow Mark Dreyfus QC (pictured above right with Southphommasane, centre, and former Liberal party leader John Hewson, left), tweeted "it's great to be at the Whitlam Institute with John Hewson to support my friend Tim Southphommasane for his last speech as Race Discrimination Commissioner. He has done a difficult job with intelligence, honesty and bravery and I congratulate him wholeheartedly."

The Daily Telegraph reported last year that a Labor government guided by Mr Dreyfus as Attorney-General would consider consolidating all 'anti-discrimination' laws into one supercharged Act that would devastate free speech. The proposal would extend controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to outlaw 'insulting' or 'offensive' language regarding sexual orientation, gender, disabil­ity or age.

By stark contrast, Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi still has a bill on the notice paper to remove 'offend' and 'insult' from section 18C to restore free speech and strike a severe body-blow to political correctness. You can still sign the petition supporting this move here.

In May, Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi accused Mr Soutphommasane of being a partisan cheerleader in a dysfunctional Human Rights Commission:

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