[ View the story "Australian hate speech reform faces backlash" on Storify] Australian hate speech reform faces backlash Attorney general criticised for arguing that 'people have the right to be bigots'.
The Stream· Tue, Mar 25 2014 10:04:06
The Abbott Government gives the green light to bigotstanyaplibersek
Many, including senior opposition politicians, criticised the proposed reform. Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Australian Labor Party, tweeted the image below.
The Abbott Govt said people had a right to be bigots, SHARE this if you think Australians should be free from racism
Others on Twitter agreed.
PM Abbott today confirmed his plan to scrap laws that protect Australians from racially motivated hate speech #auspol
Hate Speech is not #freedomofspeech No-one has the right to publicly abuse ppl based on race, gender or sexuality. #auspoltick
Free speech and hate speech are different. Free speech is about attacking ideas, not people. Bigotry isn't free speech. #auspolMartina
#GeorgeBrandis in @AuSenate said "People do have a right to be bigots" #Disgraceful #18C #GreenLight2Racism #Auspol
Repealing s18c of the RDA is in the true Liberal tradition of cutting red-tape & opening up the free market for racist views! #IndigenousXNathan Brennan
miss the strong divide of aristocracy? long for the days of free hate speech in the UK? have I got a destination for you. #australialauren brown
Australia, a country where vile, racist, sexist, bigoted, hate speech is protected and ppl apologise for telling the truthLady Justice Of Left
I thought the age of entitlement was over, yet it's just been extended to hate speech. Australia because: whatever . #auspoIthe dame
Those who support the reform, believe the government is trying to protect freedom of speech.
"Right to be bigots" means you are free to hold views others do not personally tolerate. A freedom the Left does not offer. #auspolClear Days
Why are the left fight for their right to have their free speech limited? #auspolDavid Lister!
The left believe australians are Incapable of being adults. They want the govt to control the way you speak, think and act. #auspol #wavotesJohn ist Durstig
There are so many Left Bigots on Twitter, the place would close down if they were prosecuted. #auspol #theirabc #muppetsFyodor Uglov
Do the left really think that if 18c is abolished the nation will fall into race war? How many cases pressed today under 18C #auspolDaryl Mather
The proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act were inspired in part by a controversial 2011 court ruling against conservative newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt. A court ruled that Bolt
section 18c in two columns deemed offensive to the aboriginal people of Australia.
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