[LINK] Free speech in Australia
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Tue Aug 1 18:51:33 EST 2006
At 12:34 PM 1/08/2006, Frank O'Connor wrote:
>'States rights' and federal government rights are enshrined in our
>Constitution - and very little else. Read it and weep.
>But don't get involved in debate about freedom of speech in Australia, or
>our supposed rights ... until we actually do have rights.
Agreed, Frank. This is one area where Australia and America certainly
diverge, although you couldn't tell by how the Constitution is being shat
upon by the right in the US at the moment (since the turn of the century
But maybe this is a case where practice is stronger than the law. If we all
act as if we do have a Bill of Rights, and real, as in actual, respect for
the UN Charter of Human Rights, it may actually come into being. It's sort
of like laughing at your enemies as buffoons instead of taking them too
seriously. That's why satire in cartooning works so well.
It's a dream, anyway, and I'm sticking to it!
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