Guest post – Broken Promise – The promise we are glad Abbott has broken

May 28, 2014

Peter Wicks

 

It has come to light that Tony Abbott and the Coalition are set to break yet another election promise.

Unlike all of the other broken promises however I don’t think we will be seeing a backlash from the public over this one, although some sections of the public will no doubt be disappointed.

Fairfax has revealed that George Brandis is backing down to decency and public outcry over his proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, in what has become known as the Section 18C Attack, or the Bolt Bill.

Those who will no doubt be disappointed over Abbott’s latest broken promise will be some of the most influential to the Coalition.

Racists, Bogans, Nazis and bigots will together with shock-jocks, right-wing columnists, Senator Cory Bernardi and of course Attorney General George Brandis will no doubt mourn this day as a loss for freedom of speech, along with other Coalition MPs.

The freedom they desperately sought was the freedom to racially vilify people. The freedom to use words as a weapon and reduce people to an object that is easy to hate as Hitler did so effectively with his anti-Semitic propaganda designed to dehumanise Jews on his rise to power.

We all remember how badly that ended…

This freedom to vilify and preach hate was of course the promise that Tony Abbott and George Brandis made to columnist Andrew Bolt, and thankfully they have failed to deliver.

The promise was made after Bolt was found guilty of breaching the Discrimination Act in 2011 in Federal Court.

This is one promise I am glad to hear the Abbott government breaking, although it will no doubt lead to months of publicly crying like a baby from Andrew Bolt and others like him.

Andrew Bolt must be fighting back the tears

To those of us who accept people from all walks of life and backgrounds without judgement this is a huge win. It is a huge win also because it has proven that if there is a large enough outcry the government elected to represent us will eventually listen to us and may truly represent us instead of their nutty mates.

Australians have spoken with a united voice on this issue and boldly stated that it is not acceptable to vilify someone due to their race in this country.

Australians have heeded the old saying of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Australians accept that we are part of a multicultural society and that means that we should accept people of all races as they are part of the fabric of our great nation.

We’ve been a multicultural society ever since us white folk invaded aboriginal land.

It also shows that Australians are wise enough to recognise that the campaign of fear being perpetrated by those on the right is not working.

The campaign I speak of is the campaign that attempts to portray the extremists and the radical as part of the norm within some sections of society. An example of this would be the campaign about how one day we will have sharia law in Australia if we don’t do something now, as that is what all Muslims are apparentlyseeking.

I’m sure most of you have heard something along a similar line.

This is of course complete and utter crap. We are more likely to see Elvis as our Prime Minister than we are to introduce sharia law here.

Much to the displeasure of the racists and right-wingers we are an overwhelmingly decent society and we long to remain so.

As much as Andrew Bolt and others like him may subtly preach hate and fear, sadly for them most of their listeners and readers aren’t that easily led and are quite capable of differentiating between political commentary and the rantings of a fuckwit.

On this broken promise from the Coalition, I have two words to say.

I say these two words not because of any religious views (I’m an atheist), but because I think today is a great day to be proud of our nation’s ability to accept others and to make a stand against racism in all its forms, plus I can think of no other words that will piss off the right wingers more.

Praise Allah.
 
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