Canberra – Read This

In the last 24 hours, the US Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment.

And for those not sure what the First Amendment to the US Constitution is, this is it:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

This was an 8 – Nil decision.  Justices representing the left, right and centre all agreed the Government cannot make offensive or even hate or humiliation speech offensive.

Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote this:

[The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”

I have written before that the US First Amendment is the Gold Standard for free speech.  Sadly what we have in Australia is the Green Standard, apparently supported by all sides of our political spectrum.

It is is a disgrace that provisions such as Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act remain on the statute books, and Australia is a much poorer country for it.

Canberra – hang your heads in shame.

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31 Responses to Canberra – Read This

  1. cui bono

    As Obama says: ‘Let’em talk, let’em talk’

  2. Frank Carter

    Australia is a more civilised country than the USA due to the absence of a First Amendment, despite having a population that is the most racist in the world.

  3. Minderbinder of Qld

    Australia had so much potential after World War 2, however, Whitlam led the Socialist rot, thus enabling intellectually bankrupt politicians to impose totalitarian regimes in all aspects of Australian life. Why we cannot even have the use of our cheap energy resources, and any person who speaks out against this unscientific dogma is doomed to be flogged, salted, and then ignored.
    These political parties have allowed every shackle to be enabled thus preventing any reasoned discourse about all topics to the point that a so called Human Rights advocate has criticised our ability to say what we like around the table in our own homes. How dare we express any opinion that has not been passed by the censor.
    Our inglorious political leaders rewrite western society’s history to include a totalitarian barbarian movement as an inspiration, and at the same time plot to assassinate any of their party who point out their obvious lies.
    Yes the majority of the Canberra self assessed elites have much to be shamed for, and hopefully they be called to account for their great failings, and punished accordingly.

  4. A Lurker

    Frank Carter, by the proof of his words, reveals himself to be an unrepentant troll.
    Scroll by him and do not respond to his lies.

  5. Mother Lode

    Canberra – hang your heads in shame.

    I am not entirely sure I agree with this sentiment.

    It is not just department heads that are to blame.

    I think we should also string up the the next two tiers of bureaucrats and the pollies.

    Perhaps another tier of bureaucrats too – just to be sure.

  6. Mother Lode

    Frank Carter prefers the harmony and orderliness of an ant nest.

  7. The Deplorable Barking Toad

    Canberra is the meeting place of those whose heads should hang in shame.

    Don’t lumber guilt on the place – the electors in each state just send them to meet here

  8. H B Bear

    Crank – have you been watching too much Socialist Broadcasting Service again?

  9. Speedbox

    “Yes the majority of the Canberra self assessed elites have much to be shamed for, and hopefully they be called to account for their great failings, and punished accordingly.”

    Yeah, nah. Agree 100% but it won’t happen. The putrid, shallow, self serving elite feel no shame as they circulate inside the echo chamber of Canberra. They support each other and see no failings.

    Australia is screwed and there is no sign of redemption in sight.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Crank – have you been watching too much Socialist Broadcasting Service again?

    I’d say a judgement made on the basis of extensive travel overseas, and personal experience?

  11. alexnoaholdmate

    Guys, that’s so obviously not a real Lefty up there.

    It’s one of us having a Composta.

  12. Dr Faustus

    The incoming Shorten Government has promised to make any form of ungoodspeak illegal.

    Mr Dreyfus has confirmed that if Labor is elected to government he will be considering imposing a general standard for speech that infringes anti-discrimination law. [Australian, no link, sorry.]

    Every ALPHABETTY person, plump person, or elderly fart with an eye to compensation dollars – and anyone keen on reintroducing de facto blasphemy laws – will obviously want to vote ALP.

  13. incoherent rambler

    God bless the United States of America.

    One can only hope that Australia is annexed by the US after we descend in an un-powered, water shortaged, third world hell.

    Annexation is the only way Australians will get the first and second amendments.

  14. Snoopy

    Mr Dreyfus has confirmed that if Labor is elected to government he will be considering imposing a general standard for speech that infringes anti-discrimination law.

    Unfortunately AS1984 is already allocated.

  15. incoherent rambler

    Simple addition to our constitution –
    Congress Parliaments shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

  16. Robber Baron

    I really don’t care what the government says or does because I think most of the powers it granted itself are illegitimate. I’m sure I would disagree with over 50% of the current laws on the books. It’s time every law and regulation was voted upon by the citizen.

  17. Rococo Liberal

    Yes the majority of the Canberra self assessed elites have much to be shamed for, and hopefully they be called to account for their great failings, and punished accordingly.

    The problem is that the people will only get rid of a slightly leftist bunch to install a more leftist bunch. Unless we can capture the Liberals and turn them into Thatcherites again, we will never reverse the ratchett.
    Politicians of all stripes like big government, because it justifies their existence and makes them feel imprtant. The media likes big government too, because it gives them somehting to write about.
    Of course after each new incremental increase in government, the media and the government lose interest and move onto the next idiocy. No-one ever checks whether government programs actually work. There’s no time. If they do look, they fudge the answer to support more government interference. They don’t repaeal legislation so much as override it with more legislation.
    But the people seem to like this. It keeps them entertained. And they don’t actually feel the noose of government tightening. It seems ”fair” to rip off the producers to support thosepoor people. No matter that the number of the”poor” grows all the time because of government subsidies.

  18. Rococo Liberal

    Another simple addition to our constitution “:

    Parliament shall sit no more than 20 days in any one calendar year

  19. stackja

    1901 people did not think 2017 people would be so hypersensitive as to need any guarantee of free speech.

  20. Dr Faustus

    They don’t repaeal legislation so much as override it with more legislation.

    This is the ratchet.

    Once anything is legislated, repealing, or withdrawing provisions gets government bums twitching like a rabbits’ nose. The name of the game is blame – and without carefully-prepared arse covering Ministers/bureaucrats are not going to unwind any form of legislation or regulation that could potentially leave them exposed to the risk of criticism in parliament, or the press.

  21. Tim Neilson

    Sadly what we have in Australia is the Green Standard,

    The brown and somewhat smelly standard.

  22. .

    Frank Carter
    #2417668, posted on June 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Australia is a more civilised country than the USA due to the absence of a First Amendment, despite having a population that is the most racist in the world.

    Nice trolling.

    Enjoy your Juche brand gruel, you progressive retard.

  23. rickw

    It is is a disgrace that provisions such as Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act remain on the statute books, and Australia is a much poorer country for it.

    Canberra – hang your heads in shame.

    Canberra is beyond shame, there is no shit left wing idea that they didn’t love.

  24. john constantine

    Who needs Free Speech, when the State allows them the Freedom to:

    Flee.

    Cower.

    Beg.

  25. Crossie

    It is not just department heads that are to blame.

    I think we should also string up the the next two tiers of bureaucrats and the pollies.

    Perhaps another tier of bureaucrats too – just to be sure.

    If they work in Canberra they are the problem.

  26. brennan

    Unfortunately AS1984 is already allocated.

    Thanks for the laugh Snoopy.
    However, it’s still a useful standard for us as it allows us to accurately measure the size of lefty brains and toughness.

  27. duncanm

    One can only hope that Australia is annexed by the US after we descend in an un-powered, water shortaged, third world hell.

    with any luck, we’ll become a tax-free military outpost.

  28. Awake

    I will not take him up, if an American says that the U.S. is the greatest counttry in all of history so far.

    I guess, some countries just want to be a mediocre .

  29. Awake

    I’m not very hopeful we will achieve near the degree of free speech they have in the U. S., even if many of us want to, because it’s going to be a huge seismic shift in the many aspects of our country – our institutions, systems and practices on the individual level to be able to do that.

    We can change with pain the constitution to reflect the change we want but to create the kind of social environment to be able to apply the change will be like controlling the wind.

    But better to try and fail than not to try at all.

  30. Jannie

    Frank you really need to get out and travel bit more.

  31. Jeremy from Adelaide

    Quote:

    “Australia is screwed and there is no sign of redemption in sight. “

    Yes. This is to be expected. With the green deindustrialisation of this country. Its identity politics. etc.

    Vote for the Labour/trade union and Green/communists parties to be in absolute power for it is only they who can accelerate the destruction of this country after which the “true rebuilding” can begin.

    Quote:

    ” Who needs Free Speech, when the State allows them the Freedom … &c “

    We do have freedom of speech. What bothers me is that there may be no freedom after speech.

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