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Whip out 18C

16 June 2018

9:00 AM

16 June 2018

9:00 AM

Another week, and another slap in the face from a major university to the hard-working taxpayers of mainstream Australia – many of whom will never set foot inside the hallowed halls of a uni – who generously fork out to support our centres of higher learning. Last week it was the ANU who decided to thumb their nose at the generous offer from the Ramsay Centre to sponsor a course and up to forty scholarships in the study of Western Civilisation. This week it is the University of Melbourne’s turn to not only sneer at but to actively persecute mainstream, Anglo-European Australians via the promotion of a sick piece of dance theatre, called ‘Where We Stand’, which, according to the Australian newspaper, sees members of the audience segregated by the colour of their skin and ritually humiliated and intimidated to the point of harassment because of their race.

This magazine has long called for the abolishment of the odious Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. And still does. But we do not subscribe to the Sally McManus ‘I’ll only obey those laws I see fit’ mantra. So long as the law stands, it can be criticised and condemned but it must be obeyed and – like all laws – applied equally to all transgressors.

Reports of the first ‘Where We Stand’ performance mention a clearly distraught elderly woman who had come to see a granddaughter perform. Allegedly, she was racially harangued by four female ‘dancers’ in the lobby and forced to sign a political treatise before being allowed into the show. Upon admittance, the dance performance was stopped deliberately, in order to further humiliate those white people who had just entered.

It is hard to think of a more perfect definition of the infamous ‘offend, insult, humiliate and intimidate’ test that applies to 18C. Nor is the so-called get out clause of 18D applicable in this case – as was quickly claimed by the woeful Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane – with the excuse of an artistic performance being ‘in good faith’. The creator of the show herself appears to admit that the whole point of her show is to humiliate white people. Self-evidently, this is done in bad faith.

Mainstream Australia can either sit back and patiently sigh into its Weeties as week after week the radical Left seek to dismantle the civilised behaviour that generations sacrificed so much to build and to preserve. Or they can kick back.

Those institutions – the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts, the owners of the Southbank performance space – and those individuals – the promoters, the creators and the performers – responsible for this grotesquerie deserve to feel the hot breath of anti-racial discrimination laws and potential damages payments down the back of their necks. The radical Left has repeatedly used 18C to punish the likes of the four QUT students who harmlessly walked into a computer lab, Andrew Bolt for his writings, or Bill Leak, the late cartoonist for accurately pinpointing one of the real reasons for the failures and tragedies of indigenous child welfare.

Perhaps these Melbourne luvvies need to appreciate just how menacing and chilling this beloved law of theirs can be. What’s good for the goose, after all, is good for the dancers.

Should any individuals have felt offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated because of their race by the performance of ‘Where We Stand’, they have every right under this government’s laws to seek redress and substantial financial compensation through the courts from not only the institutions but also the individuals responsible for causing them their distress.

But this ghastly story, and other such miserable stories, raise a more profound question. Where is the political leadership determined to fight to preserve the traditional, mainstream Australian way of life?

This week, John Howard launched a collection of his speeches, The Art of Persuasion. Mr Howard as Prime Minister was, of course, a tireless and extremely effective warrior in the so-called ‘culture wars’, with a keen and passionate understanding of how precious our Western heritage is, and how relentlessly its institutions and traditions are being undermined and in some cases obliterated by the regressive, neo-Marxist agenda of today’s green Left

Indeed, the Howard period between the demise of the Keating government – Paul Keating being the High Priest of the Insufferably Pompous Latte Left – and the onset of the dead fiscal hand of the disastrous Rudd-Gillard team was, undeniably, a golden era not only economically but also culturally. Mr Howard’s much-derided catch-phrase, ‘relaxed and comfortable’, now seems like an unimaginable and unattainable concept for most conservative and mainstream Aussie families and small business people. Instead, they are daily battered by the incessant demands and leftist lunacy of cultural Marxism whilst their energy bills spiral out of control and their standards of living drift ever downwards.

And they’ve no leader to look to.

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