The IPA has highlighted the threat to our liberty from the Gillard Government’s proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws. As noted by Simon Breheny of the IPA
The draft laws will punish individuals who express political opinions, if someone is offended by those opinions while working. Andrew Bolt was censored for talking about race. The Gillard government wants to censor talking about politics
I think the Government has even more sinister intentions. What better way to protect one’s mates in the public sector than by having an anti-discrimination law based on political beliefs? This will make it very difficult (and costly) for an Abbott Government to purge the public sector (this includes not just the APS itself, but the many Federal agencies for which the Government has patronage) of hostile operatives who are politically aligned to Labor. The public sector is already stacked heavily in favour of Labor (with a few notable exceptions of genuinely impartial public servants) and I can see Labor working overtime to increase the number of its supporters in key posts before the election.
The proposed laws are a real threat to liberty in Australia, and a threat to our democracy as a whole.