Encouraging signs on section 18C

The Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis had some encouraging comments on the government’s plans to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act during an interview with the ABC’s Fran Kelly this morning:

There are some people who feel very powerfully that there should be nothing like section 18C in the law and I understand their point of view. There are others who feel very powerfully that there is a place for provisions of this kind. The Government comes down on the side of those who want to see the maximum freedom of speech, and by freedom of speech I mean people’s freedom to hold opinions and to express those opinions without some bureaucrat or official or human rights body or judge telling them what they’re allowed and what they’re not allowed to say.

This strong statement on free speech is very welcome.

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