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

Australia – Can racism be funny ?

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Racism was certainly a subject I had planned to write about in this blog. The recent events around racial comments aimed at Adam Goodes have caused A LOT of debate in Australia, some arguments are very heartfelt and true, some of it.. are rather stupid and unproductive.
I won’t even go into the comments itself, they have been discussed in depth on tv, in newspapers, online, certainly also in homes of many people in Australia.

Both comments were racist without doubt; both comments, I believe, were impulse-driven and thoughtless. No intend to actually harm? Probably. It certainly could be (and was) discussed if  “it wasn’t meant racist” or “I meant the opposite” are a acceptable excuses from a 13yo and from a public personality like Eddie McGuire. 

But what is more saddening is that these comments and the aftermath were triggers to a debate that showed a very UGLY face…

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Adam Goodes = hero. Steven Wann = zero

Nothing like a bunch of miserable bored Facebook bogots to keep the racism rolling..

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We do agree with Melinda about name-calling the kid. The kid can’t help it if her environment sucks and she’s been taught racism.

There’s no excuse for adults.  Especially “adults” like Steven Wann

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But here’s the bits the bogots will never get.

Where are your medals bogots?

Kicking Against The Pricks

A slightly different take on Eddie McGuire’s comments

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Like many others I awoke to the news that Eddie McGuire did not need to take the “phone a friend” option to say something stupid.

I won’t repeat what Eddie said as it was stupid and foolish, and clearly many people took offense at it. Although it’s available all though the press, and you’ve probably heard it anyway.

I will however say some things in Eddie’s defence if I may.

In the context of how it they were used, his words were clearly meant as a joke. Now I know that is not an excuse, however I think the line with jokes comes down to intent.

I don’t believe Eddie had a malicious intent when he uttered the words he is clearly now regretting. He now seems genuinely upset that he has foolishly caused offense.

He has however done the right thing so far, he has fronted up and…

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Promising AFL Representative Luke Damon and his Racist Dummy Spit

#auspol #ausmedia #adamgoodes

* Please note – Luke Damon does not represent the AFL franchise as he is still a park footy hacker.

 

Luke Damon not only publicised his racist attitudes and disdain for Adam Goodes and the AFL’s indigenous round, but copped a spray from his incredibly disappointed mother.
Live with the consequences Luke.

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Contact his employer here: http://www.jaconcreting.com.au/contact.html

Contact his football club here: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6182-0-0-0&sID=89542

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Aussie Rhys Raymond threatens to ‘skull drag’ a girl’s head through glass

Back story:

A girl posts a photo of herself in a bikini to Facebook (which girl hasn’t?) in response to being verbally abused by a car full of boys driving past the beach. One boy in particular screamed obscenities and implied that she was overweight.

Enter Rhys Raymond of Warrnambool, Australia.

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Contact Geelong West St Peters football club here: gwspsc.org

Homophobic AFL Trolls

 

Spot anything wrong with this picture? Nope, neither did we. But it certainly enraged the Facebook community and some managed their own behaviour better than others. Here are some people who take trolling to the homophobic level:

 

 

Looks like these little boys spend a lot of time telling people what they look like. So here are some of their mugs for you to comment on, thanks to their open Facebook profiles. Try to refrain from associating the word ‘gay’ to things like ugly, stupid, hopeless etc. That’s one of the tactics of the modern-day bogan.

In Jeff’s grumpy blokey nostalgic footy world …

“In the old days when you went to a football ground, there were very few stands, there was mud on the ground – that was real football”

Jeff Kennett prayer room

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It will not just be football fans who will be able to use the rooms. Probably they will get their greatest use when cricket fans descend on the same venues. If you think about the large numbers of passionate Muslim cricket fans, both immigrants and tourists, from countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Fiji, the length of matches and Test series and the need for observant Muslims to pray five times a day then presumably the sporting governing bodies are onto something.

Canny marketing it may in fact be – most Australians actually consume most of their sport in the comfort of their homes in front of the wide screen televisions where issues like prayer times do not arise. The marketers want to get as many people as possible off the couch and into the stands.

And whatever our beliefs, do we really want to go back to the days when people sat miserably unprotected in all weathers while yobbo louts threw glass bottles and beer cans, where women were barely tolerated, where people with disabilities and mobility problems found it virtually impossible to attend their favourite teams’ games, where you wouldn’t want to take the kids because of the foul language?

So presumably Jeff rues the day when football (all codes) became :

* professional

* more family friendly

* more inclusive

And it seems most of the rest of the community has no problems with prayer rooms at the footie.

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In fact if you are a believer some teams need all the prayers they can get.

Just meeting demand… Cartoon: Mark Knight

So what’s Jeff’s objection really about, besides grumpy blokey nostalgia?

Elsewhere – a MUST READ

ICB: Freedom of religion vs. freedom from religion

Here’s Some More Free Publicity, Ricky Nixon

Just days after we broke the story of former player agent and 17 year old girl abuser Ricky Nixon, (The Age ran with the story later that day), he’s at it again. This time naked and drunk in public coupled with altercations with members of the public and the police.

Story by Michael Lallo

Journalists trail Ricky Nixon as he leaves St Kilda Police Station today. Photo: Wayne Hawkins

Ricky Nixon cut a lonesome figure, flagging down a taxi after being released from St Kilda Police Station earlier tonight.

There was no one to collect the disgraced former AFL player manager — and no sign of his fiancee, 27-year-old Tegan Gould — when he left the station, red-faced and angry.

Nixon was arrested in Port Melbourne this afternoon after a reported altercation with Ms Gould.

Police tonight confirmed he had been fined and issued a penalty notice after being arrested for public drunkeness.

Witnesses are believed to have seen him naked and throwing clothes from his Bay Street apartment. It is believed Nixon then walked onto the street and had an altercation with a member of the public, resulting in his arrest.

Witness Adrian Koziak told Channel Seven that Nixon was being ‘‘intimidating’’ towards police, who had told him to return to his apartment.

‘‘The policeman said, ‘Move on or you’ll be arrested,’ at which point he [lunged] into one of the policeman’s faces. They grabbed him and put his arms behind his back; he started remonstrating and using foul language and they frog-marched him to the police car.’’

Police said that a 48-year-old man had been arrested in Port Melbourne after being found drunk, but would not confirm that it was Nixon.

‘‘I haven’t been charged with anything,’’ Nixon said as he left the station just before 7pm.

‘‘Victoria Police are under investigation … an OPI investigation.’’

A police spokeswoman said she could not comment on whether Nixon had made a complaint against police.
Nixon later refused to speak to The Sunday Age at his apartment.

The troubled former footballer was suspended by the AFL Players’ Association last year after an “inappropriate personal relationship” with 17-year-old Kim Duthie, the so-called ‘‘St Kilda Schoolgirl’’.

On Monday, Nixon posted a rant against Age columnist Suzanne Carbone on his open Facebook account. The tone became sexual, and former Hawthorn player Dermott Brereton was among those who left comments on the account.

On Wednesday, Nixon told the Herald Sun about his engagement to Gould.

‘‘We’re really happy at the moment and we’re really confident it will all work out,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been a tough 12 months. The amount of attention we get, I’d rather it’s a proper wedding, that’s the priority.’’

In the same article, Ms Gould described herself as a perfectionist and said she had not yet decided who would make her wedding dress.

Nixon’s arrest sparked a flurry on social media.

3AW radio host Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) tweeted: ‘‘Ricky Nixon’s ‘new leaf’. He’s been arrested in Port Melbourne after ‘domestic dispute’. What’s the wedding date again?’’.

On Facebook, Age columnist Ben Pobjie wrote: ‘‘He could manage everyone… except himself: The Ricky Nixon Story”.

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Read more:

‘Naked’ fury: police arrest ‘drunk’ Ricky Nixon in street

 

Thin skins and Facebook banter

AFL Role Models

Read Suzanne Carbone’s article here.

Now read as fellow AFL butt-buddies start sluticising Suzanne and searching for a possible reason that she may have written the article other than the fact that Nixon should be laughed at for wanting to sell tickets to people to sit next to him at a footy match. Ricky, it is laughable and you and your hideously past-it circle-jerking mates can look forward to having blatant sexism tagged with your names forever more.

Like you hadn’t already achieved some kind of shady reputation with women….

In addition – we thought it somewhat ironic that Ricky has this on his public Facebook wall.

Enjoy!

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