Repealing Section 18C – when the platform is not equal then freedom is stifled

Q&A Monday 10 March, 2014
Vilification, Discrimination & Defamation

Professor Marcia Langton made a couple of telling points on Monday night’s Q&A

MARCIA LANGTON: Well, I find it very difficult to agree with your Government’s proposition on this matter, Senator Brandis. One only has to look at, say, the code of behaviour with the NRL or the AFL and, you know, with – if you have your way and you repeal section 18C, the place where people of colour, like myself and unfortunately this is never going to be the case, will feel safe from racial abuse is on an AFL team or in the NRL and everywhere else in society, where there are not such codes of behaviour we’ll be targets. And it’s not true that this, in my opinion, that the simple argument about freedom of speech applies in this case because there is also, I believe, a right of people like myself to feel free from racial discrimination and especially from racial vilification in public speech and publication.

Watch the whole segment here

9 thoughts on “Repealing Section 18C – when the platform is not equal then freedom is stifled

  1. Please stop posting videos without transcripts. Some of us have limited bandwidth, and some of us prefer reading and thinking about things, to watching people talk.

    • Right up the top is a link to Q&A where you can find the full transcript.

      We have actually published transcripts or links to transcripts in the past and will continue to do so when relevant.

      In this instance we particularly wanted to highlight Marcia Langton’s words because they go to the heart of why people oppose the repeal of Section 18C.

  2. I’m so sad about this and it doesn’t say much for a country when racial vilification becomes accepted under freedom of speech.

    Thanks TAB for posting

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