Update II: I have just returned from a function where the Liberal Party response to the Bolt case was set out. To use the words ‘disappointing’ and ‘piss weak’ would be appropriate. It was made very clear that the response was designed by Brandis (who was there).
Shadow attorney-general George Brandis has questioned the decision to award a Human Rights Medal to a lawyer who ran a race discrimination case against newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt.
“The celebration of an outcome in a piece of litigation which was I think on any view a setback of freedom of speech and freedom of the press is not something that human rights advocates ought to be celebrating or to be given awards for,” he said.
Good – it has been my impression that Senator Brandis has been soft on the Bolt case. He needs to get away from making excuses for bad legislation and activist judges and rein in this sort of thing. As a future Attorney-General he needs to get out of the habit of thinking like a lawyer and more like a reformer who will fix a serious issue in our legal system.