Like me, Paul Zanetti wants to see 18C and similar laws shredded.
But like me, Paul Zanetti also understands very well that there is no guarantee under Malcolm ‘Free Speech is not a Priority’ Turnbull that this will happen. Turnbull is more focused on the bread and butter issues that affect ordinary Australians. Things like climate change, hosting Ramadan dinners with Waleed Aly and homosexual marriage.
And given that is the case, we need to assume that 18C and the anti-discrimination industry with their battalions of political police enforcers will be around for some time to come.
So that means we need to do everything possible to ensure that the current rules are made to work for us all. That’s why I lodged a complaint against Linda Burney for her offensive and insulting statements about white males. Paul Zanetti has as well, as reported in today’s Australian:
Cartoonist Paul Zanetti, who was taken to the HRC for a cartoon in the Kalgoorlie Miner that made a similar political point to Leak’s and has been an avid campaigner against section 18C, yesterday lodged his own complaint.
Zanetti said he complained against Labor MP Linda Burney, who said people advocating the removal of 18C were “white men of a certain age that have never experienced racial discrimination in their life”.
Zanetti, who wants $10,000 in compensation, said he was offended as it was an untrue statement, noting he had been targeted as a “wog” because of his ethnic background.
“My complaint is no less or no more vexatious or frivolous than the complaint against Bill Leak or the complaint against myself or the complaint against QUT,” Zanetti told The Australian.
“It is a genuine complaint. I will take it all the way. I’m prepared to negotiate within a dollar, I’m not completely hard about it; I’m flexible.”
I thoroughly support Paul’s complaint because it is going to expose the systemic and structural bias in this anti-discrimination industry. I’m willing to bet that statements made about ‘white people’ are not deemed racist and that the Racial Discrimination Act (Cth) 1975 does not protect them at all…