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The amazing self-defeating section 18c

7 September 2016

1:57 PM

7 September 2016

1:57 PM

Snip20160906_3The judicial enforcement of section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, Australia’s most notorious “hate speech” censorship law, was boosted in late 2011 when the applicants in Eatock v Bolt succeeded in their claim for declaratory and injunctive relief in the Federal Court of Australia. Even then, however, it was predictable that their success would come to be regarded by some observers as a Pyrrhic victory in the evolving broader controversy about free speech in contemporary Australia.

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