Open Letter to Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner

@timsout @nswpolice #auspol #ausnews

Dear Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission,

It was truly excellent to see you denouncing the racist buffoon Sue Wilkins Karen Bailey for her racist and child-abusive rant on a Sydney to Newcastle train last week. I mean, that’s pretty much what the majority of your job is, right? It’s up to you to hold a light to racism in our society when and where you see it and speak to the public about why it is unacceptable. Maybe change a few minds, educate a few dopes? It was also inspiring to see the NSW Police act so quickly to find the woman and have her charged. They even prepared statements to address media outlets.

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So why the continued silence regarding online discrimination?

From Nazis and white supremacists to homophobes and sexists, from rape enthusiasts and disability abusers to anti-immigration nut jobs, the Internet is rife with discrimination produced in Australia by Australians who are happy to give their name, location, employment status and photo to their comments. We’ve been immortalising the comments on our website for years. Yet it takes a 50 year old dunce on a train to say the word ‘gook’ and everyone just loses their shit.

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So where are you? Where are the State and Federal Police? Nowhere to be seen. It’s depressing to say the very least. Our Race Discrimination Commissioner is absent and our authorities lack interest and power.

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So the old biddy has said her apologies under the pseudonym of Sue Wilkins and everybody is breathing a sigh of relief. Thank goodness we got through that, right?

Wrong.

These opinions exist in our society. It’s a fucking plague. These opinions are validated by oxygen thieves like Scott Morrison, Cory Bernardi, Tony Abbott and their bumbling supporter MPs sidekicks and accompanying Murdoch led media circus. These hate-filled discriminatory opinions bubble to the surface on public trains and buses regularly but even more regularly online and nobody appears to give two shits either way.

How can people expect to feel as though they are safe in this country if their sexual orientation, physical ability, country of origin or religion are the focus and target of so much anger and hatred? Who is there to help people who read this shit online? Who is there to help the people who are the victims or onlookers to vile discrimination? I’ve interviewed anonymous police officers several times and have been told regularly that police will not bother charging a person unless they’ve physically abused someone. The Telecommunications Act lacks teeth and it lacks officers who are willing to go after these people.

Here are some screenshots that were taken today. They are from a Facebook group set up to oppose a mosque being built in Kalgoorlie. I’m sure if you ask them on Today Tonight they’ll tell you that their opposition exists because of ‘parking and traffic concerns’ or some other bullshit. But it’s what’s simmering underneath and boiling to the surface of social media that is the all too common truth. Australia is a fucking racist country. End of story.

Do something about it Tim.

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The trouble with Tim

From a recent radio interview timwilson1   How does Tim Wilson stack up against the other Commissioners at AHRC?

Lets take a look

President – Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

Solicitor and barrister, former Dean of the Sydney Law School and Challis Professor of International Law, distinguished jurist with an international reputation

Mick Gooda – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Elder of the Gangalu people of Central Queensland, 25 years experience as an advocate and activist in Indigenous communities, former Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health

Susan Ryan AO – Age Discrimination Commissioner Former Senator in the Hawke Government, Women’s Ambassador for ActionAid Australia, Independent Chair of the IAG and NRMA Superannuation Plan

Megan Mitchell – Children’s Commissioner Qualifications in social policy, psychology and education. Public servant and academic – previous roles include NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People, Executive Director of the ACT Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, Executive Director for Out-of-Home Care in the NSW Department of Community Services and CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service.

Graeme Innes AM – Disability Discrimination Commissioner Solicitor specialising in human rights. Former member of the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal; the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal; and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal. Chair of the Disability Advisory Council of Australia and Vision Australia.

Tim Soutphommasane – Race Discrimination Commissioner Academic in the field of philosophy and ethics. Ph. D from Oxford. Political philosopher at the University of Sydney. Opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian and radio presenter with ABC Radio National. Author of three books.

Elizabeth Broderick – Sex Discrimination Commissioner Solicitor. Appointed  as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, to lead the Commission’s Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Australian Defence Force. Partner and head of legal technology at a law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron. Facilitated a nearly 600 per cent increase in the number of women appointed to ASX 200 boards.

and last  Tim Wilson – “Freedom Commissioner” ?? Institute of Public Affairs frat boy and friend of George Brandis. Dedicated to gutting the effectiveness of Section 18C of the Commonwealth Racial Discrimination Act.

 We hope all those marginalised and discriminated against “freedumbs” “freedoms” running around out there living miserable lives are suitably grateful