As a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009, Goodes had focused his attention on domestic violence against women but last month …
- doesn’t section 18C of the RDA discourage people from speaking out about the domestic violence against women in indigenous communities?
Last May Goodes came to personify the state of racial vilification in Australia when he was called an ”ape” by a 13-year-old girl during the match between Collingwood and the Swans at the MCG.
”Under the old legislation I still didn’t charge her,” Goodes said. ”I accepted her apology and that was it. That was my choice.”
So he actually considered having the 13 year old charged? Do we really want to have a middle aged man having the discretion to have charges laid against teenage girls because of some words they might utter? It is easy to imagine how that situation to could lead to exploitation of young girls. Surely this is another good reason to repeal s18c.