by Dan Denning, Daily Reckoning.com.au:
We encourage you to read this article on Australia’s ridiculous and increasingly oppressive laws regarding free speech. The article is by former ABC chief Jim Spigelman and makes the point that in a free society that values liberty, offending people shouldn’t be illegal.
That is so sensible and downright adult we can’t believe it even needs to be said. But if you’ve had even a casual glace at the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975, you’ll see that it’s all topsy turvey in Australia. The Act intends to ‘balance’ the right to free speech with the right not to be offended, humiliated, insulted, or intimidated by someone else’s words, directed at you on the basis of your race, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin.