The current consideration by the Australian Human Rights Commission of a complaint by Green Senator Mehreen Faruqi against fellow Senator Pauline Hanson is a reminder that Section 18C remains a source of contention in the debate in Australia over freedom of speech.
The complaint arose out of an exchange where Senator Faruqi described Queen Elizabeth II as ‘the leader of a racist empire’ and Senator Hanson responded that Senator Faruqi should ‘piss off back to Pakistan’.
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