Section 18C as a sword not a shield.
So much has been written about s18C and so much of it is just lies.
Using lies to validate section 18C is consistent with using lies to silence political opponents.
Using section 18C, as a sword to attack political opponents, is the same as other labelling weapons which are designed to denigrate, disparage and divert attention away from argument and are bullying tactics.
“Hate Speech” is used regularly by the extremist lesbian Senator Wong to describe those who take a different view to her on Homosexual marriage or the teaching of sexual fluidity to infants. It is not Hate speech to express a different view.
Sexism – The current Queensland media campaign against violence against children in the home does not mention that the Australian record and the runner up for most children killed by a parent are both the mothers. They do not mention that 70% of all physical violence and abuse to children by a parent is by the mother. That 70% of all children killed by a parent is the mother. That domestic violence to a domestic partner is 8% higher in Lesbian households than husband and wife households.
Let alone mention that women are jointly or solely responsible for the escalation of domestic arguments to the point of violence in almost three quarters of all cases. Men being solely responsible just 28% of the time.
There is not a hope in Hades that domestic violence can be successfully tackled until the sexists who have controlled the domestic violence industry for the last 45 years stop using the attack word “sexism” . It is obvious that their single sex at fault approach has failed with one or two women a week being killed by their partner or former partner. Rarely by their actual husband.
Wives and children are at the safest in the family home with their husbands and fathers. It is a political sexist lie to say otherwise.
Bigotry - Bigotry is not being prepared to listen to a different point of view – or if listening to simply ignore better arguments or positions intransigently held.
There is no one in Australia more bigoted than Hitz but Tahir. The Islamic group which openly shouts for a Caliphate in Lakemba and for the death of all Jews on the planet. - HbT was found to be Racially discriminating but not prosecuted. Found to be sexually discriminating but carries on with its practises. And has the affront to label those who argue against them politically Bigots. Or Racists, Or Islamphobic.
Racism - There is no doubt that the best thing a young aboriginal person, specially a girl, could do is to leave their remote community and go to a larger country town or city. Get an education and escape the sexual abuse, personal violence, subjugation, exposure to alcohol, drug or petrol sniffing abuse which is almost certainly going to give her an extremely bad life. 40 years of self determination has not worked. Aboriginal Communities are worse off now - there is no doubt about that – than they were under patronising mission control where there was education, control of patriarchal abusive violence and limited tolerance of alcohol.
Every year when the closing the gap report comes out. There is no change – things get worse. I wish the media who report on these things would at least read the report. Same for the Forest Review, The Leyton Report, The Brough Intervention, the Mullighan Report. Girls in the APY lands do not even bother reporting rape and sexual abuse because they know it is futile.
The recent 2017 closing the Gap Report contains just plain nonsense. The one factor reported as “improving” is the completion of year 12 by aboriginals up to 24 years old. Yet the target was halved, from closing the gap to closing half the gap. The objective of year 12 completion was not year 12 but includes an “equivalent” whatever that means I doubt it is astro-physics. And does not actually measure completion but measures only commencement.
Any media person who had read even that part of the report could have more accurately stated. That there has been some commencement but not completion by aboriginal 24 year olds of something a bit like year 12 on the way to halve the gap in an unknown number of a few years time.
Such reports would of course be racist and no reporter wants what happened to Andrew Bolt to happen to them.
Instead they lap up and report on the proto-nationalist aboriginal movement. Which is in fact extreme racism.
Racism at its worst is rampant in Aboriginal Australian Politics. Those who want the slightest bit of DNA to distinguish them for the purpose of political and financial advantages.
If you look like me, or even nearly like me, you are not a different race to me. Race from that perspective is a social and political construction.
Race is the least best way to categorise human beings. Often it is seen as the most openly obvious. Skin colour, or big lips, or fuzzy hair. But these things are the least important when it comes to humans.
Character, intelligence, physical and mental capacity and variations in these factors are far more important.
Yet our government funds a racist group, Meetings are going on right now around Australia, identified purely by race at their own whim, which wants a completely separate and new Australian State, which will be based on race. An Aboriginal State, controlled by Aboriginals – of the slightest amount of DNA – but no one without it, Self Determination and Autonomy. Openly stating that it will need to be funded by the rest of Australia as it will not have the capacity to economically support itself.
These racists must be opposed – but they charge those who oppose them as being Racists.
It is time – As Andrew Bolt – got persecuted for – to ask questions.
Some will close the public argument down by claiming offence and hurt feelings under section 18C. Indeed the public argument is already closed down because of fear of S18C which I, and many others, consider to be un-constitutional. A test which has not yet been taken to the High Court.
Our constitution protects political discourse which may be offensive or hurtful.
Section 18C masks that difference. It blurs the line. It permits political opponents to use it as a sword.
People like Andrew Bolt, Bernard Gaynor, Queensland University Students. Bill Leak. And Me.
Under the disguise of personal offence and personal hurt feelings; under the disguise of self proclaimed by-products of political discourse, political opponents are targeted because of political differences.
Yet when real public racist offence occurs – nothing is done. A banana was cast at the feet of an Aboriginal football player. An act clearly and obviously with just one purpose – to cause offence by ridiculing a human as an ape --- Offensive behaviour by normal community standards. No action taken. No prosecution. No legal process. No claim for thousands and thousands of dollars.
An important point to be taken here is that the community should have protected Eddie Betts. It should not have been left up to him to take it on the chin. Our law enforcement institutions let us all down. It is not up to individuals to enforce community standards of offensive public behaviour.
So too the test of 18C of hurt feelings or offence taking by individuals must go. The whole section must go. It is too dangerous.
It is used as the advanced guard for more political silencing of opposing views. The United Nations, when controlled by the extreme Islamic State of Saudi Arabia and Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation passed and continual push to prevent criticism of Islam.
Because they say, and according to them it can lead to violence. Not by me. Not by Atheists, anti-theists, agnostics, budhists or Christians or by anyone it seems except the religion of peace.
We see Islamic lobbyists telling our Australian Senate Standing Committee in 2015 that Sharia can live with Australian Law provided Sharia is dominant. We see it an ACT offence of discrimination for all employers Not to provide a prayer room in the workplace for as many times in the day as dictated by the employed persons religion, according to him. And we see submissions to the 2017 18C review panel by Muslims that offence and hurt feelings should be extended to protect Islam from criticism.
If I cannot ridicule someone who tells a 15 year old boy in Parramatta that if he gets a gun in the Mosque and goes and shoots someone in the street he will go to heaven and get 72 virgins for murder.
Who can you make fun of if not them?
It is a constitutional right. Section 18C must go because it confuses the most important right of political discussion with offensive language.
It was intended as personal shield but it is used as a political weapon.
John Bolton 16th March 2017