Je ne suis pas Charlie


“Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech!
January 13, 2015
Written by: Letitia McQuade
17 Replies

hate sppech
Category: Politics

Tagged under:
18c, Cory Brernadi, Free speech, hate speech, Letitia McQuade, Racial vilification, Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act

After proposing then abandoning a raft of manifestly unpopular changes to section 18C of Australia’s racial vilification laws last year, certain members of the LNP have recently relaunched their attack on 18C, under the rather disingenuous pretext of championing free speech.

In the wake of the Charlie Hedbo attacks Cory Bernardi has been out there again, calling for the LNP’s precious 18C amendments to be put back on the table.

Like pit bulls with lock jaw, a gang radical right wing MP’s including Cory Bernardi, George Brandis, Dean Smith, liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm, and Family First’s Bob Day have been lobbying hard to ensure we Aussies have the right to engage in hate speech.


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30 Responses to “Je ne suis pas Charlie”

  1. auntyuta Says:

    In my opinion, this is very true: Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech!
    I love funny cartoons, but I do not like cartoons that are full of hate.


  2. berlioz1935 Says:

    The above link leads you directly to very considered article by NYT writer David Brooks.

    Today they wrote this French magazine could not be published here in Australia.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. la_lasciata Says:

    I have no idea what’s driving you on this, Gerard – why you cannot separate your loathing of the magazine from the issue …


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, but this is not my article but I do agree with the sentiments expressed.

      Australia is again at risk of Brandis getting his way by removing the 18C protection of the racial discrimination act against the likes of Bolt and A. Jones who delight in ramping up hatred and fears, especially against asylum seekers and our indigenous.

      The contents of the magazine and the issue are linked.

      If the issue is that of the murder of journalists. NO EXCUSE, I have stated that each time.

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      • la_lasciata Says:

        Well, from my p.o.v., the issue is that of not allowing murderers to think they can get away with killing people doing things that THEY don’t like. And that’s it.
        As for the tiny shit Brandis … AND of course Mr Rabbit’s jumping on the bandwagon … no words can ever describe their disgustingness.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        And the same could be said that endless provocation also has consequences. If I tell someone at the pub his mother is a whore and I get king hit and end up in hosptal., it would not be a total surprise.


  4. rod Says:

    Until reading this I had never heard of these people. I assume they are Aussie politicians. Maybe I should rest content in my ignorance?i


  5. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, they are Rod…politicians. A rather scruffy lot. A complaint has even been made to the International Criminal Court against a previous prime minister ( John Howard) of the same ilk as the present one.
    Here cop this!

    Is it more dignified in the UK? At least you have Beef Eaters.


  6. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Good post Gerard. I am also grateful to Berlioz for sending the link to David Brooks. He is my favorite political pundit. He has such common sense.


  7. stuartbramhall Says:

    In my view, the cartoons I’ve seen from Charlie Hebdo could easily qualify as hate speech. Apparently it’s inconvenient for the powers that be to view them this way.

    Holocaust denial definitely seems much milder than cartoons that mock and malign. Yet holocaust denial is illegal in France.


  8. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist Says:

    Yes if only we could share buttermilk pancakes and a slice of rhubarb crumble – it would make a huge difference. In everyday life we make choices – will we say that it might hurt Joe Blow, I’m amongst friends that have the same viewpoint so I can tell that offensive joke without upsetting anyone etc etc. We make these choices based on what we know to be right and treating people with respect that every person deserves. We know we don’t have the right to go around wantonly hurting people.That includes cartoonists that go to far and those hurt by these actions king hitting, or as happened in Paris killing the cartoonists. Neither is acceptable. I believe totally in free speech but I don’t believe in vilification. We shouldn’t need legislation to stop us doing these things – our own human decency should do so but as this does not seem to work some legislation is probably needed to help remind us we are supposed to be nice. My head hurts with it all. I’m moving up a post to eat some crumble with that buttermilk pancake.


  9. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    Very depressing that the wrong people… or do I mean people with bad ideas are climbing on the Charlie bandwagon.


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