In theory, Australia is a democracy. A place where political debate occurs freely.
In practice, things are very different. A radical and leftist political police force, funded by the states and the Commonwealth, are silencing opinions. Opinions that they disagree with.
Today the Federal Circuit Court will hand down a decision in relation to three QUT students accused of racism after they were thrown out of a computer lab on the basis of their race.
Cartoonist Bill Leak is facing the same charge for highlighting family dysfunction in Indigenous communities. He’s done the same for white urban yuppies to the resounding sound of silence.
And I now face potential fines of up to $1.6 million for expressing my views in relation to marriage and family.
Regardless of whether these ‘complaints’ are upheld or not, the process is the punishment. A finding of innocence does not square the ledger. All it means is that innocent people can still be put through a costly legal and bureaucratic grinder, lasting years, with their reputation destroyed.
It is a heavy-handed means of creating an environment where self-censorship is ‘voluntarily’ imposed in order to buy peace. Michael Sexton described the terms of this battle succinctly in The Australian yesterday:
Section 18C has become a frontline on the much broader battleground between the politically correct class in Australia and those who believe in freedom of speech and a wider public debate. That is why the proponents of section 18C cannot afford to give any ground on this issue.
It is also important to understand that their support for this provision comes not despite the fact that it is a restriction on freedom of speech but precisely because it is a restriction on freedom of speech.
And he made this very important point. It is one that all Australians must understand:
Tony Abbott’s retreat, when prime minister, from his promise to repeal section 18C was based on strong opposition from a wide range of ethnic groups. There is nothing surprising about this opposition, given that almost all these groups are very wary of criticism, coming as they do from Eastern and not Western cultures. Freedom of speech is a Western value and does not really exist outside Europe, North America and — hopefully — Australia.
Anti-discrimination laws undermine the very fundamentals of our Western ideals; the values that have made Australia the great nation that it is. Unless we fight back, our civilisation will be lost and replaced by the totalitarian vision of the Thought Police. The new immoral elite are hellbent in imposing their world view on us all.
But we are fighting back. And ordinary Australians will win. An important step in that process is to build recognition that it is not just 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (Cth) 1975 that is the problem. It is every anti-discrimination law that aids and abets this political police force.
And the biggest problem of them all is the Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) 1977. It is enforced by a militant body with an arrogant desire for total power matched only by the vast gulf that exists between its worldview and that held by ordinary and decent Australians.
In March 2014, I published the photograph below and described the behaviour of the naked homosexual man in it as perverted. And I also condemned the leadership of homosexual communities across the world who consistently allow such behaviour at ‘pride’ events.
Now I face a $100,000 fine. The President of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board deemed that it was in the ‘public interest’ for the complaint against me to proceed to hearing. None of this would have occurred if I had instead praised the man above…
Nearly three years later this matter has still not been heard. That’s because I, with the help of an army of decent, ordinary Australians, have fought back. Instead of apologising and climbing onto the stake above the burning pyre to satisfy the Thought Police, I have challenged the Anti-Discrimination Board every step of the way.
And now we are on the attack. On 30 November the New South Wales Court of Appeal will hear a challenge to the very validity of the Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) 1977, as well as the belief that the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board has the jurisdiction to prosecute Australians anywhere.
It is a full on assault on the political police force’s castle. Importantly, this case will have profound implications for all anti-discrimination laws in Australia, long before Malcolm Turnbull ever gets to tinkering with the edges of 18C.
On Saturday night a dinner was held at the Coorparoo RSL in Brisbane to raise funds for this case. Over 100 people crowded into the club. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, as well as many others in the last few days, $16,372.95 has been raised. It is a great result and I cannot fully express my gratitude.
Just as important as building the war chest for legal action against the Thought Police is building a movement. Saturday night was also very successful in that regards.
We were privileged to have Senator Malcolm Roberts attend this dinner. He outlined the plans that Pauline Hanson’s One Nation has to repeal 18C and other similar laws. He posted this on his Facebook page on Monday:
Mr George Christensen MP was unable to attend due to commitments in the Electorate of Dawson. However, he did send this statement:
I thank both of these brave politicians for their support.
This support is very important in the battle ahead, particularly as it will help build public interest and media coverage. In fact, the Courier Mail’s Des Houghton has now become the first journalist to cover the upcoming legal challenge, writing on Saturday:
FREE SPEECH FIGHT
IT is getting harder to speak your mind. There is censorship enshrined in section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and in state laws.
Australian Liberty Alliance figure Bernie Gaynor is facing his 32nd investigation by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board. He told me they won’t say what they are investigating.
Gaynor dismissed the board as a “political police force for left-wing radicals”. He has a fundraising dinner tonight (6pm, $25) at Coorparoo RSL.
But I have a warning: while I have no doubt that we will eventually win the fight for our freedom, the battle ahead will be hard. Expect challenges, delays, appeals and worse. But I also let you know that I am committed to this fight. I have seven children: I cannot afford to sit idle.