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Abbott on Free Speech and a free society

Posted today by the IPA, the next PM’s defence of the freedom by which we argue for all our other freedoms. Watch from about 20mins on for the best bits.

Mr Abbott declares that the Coalition will repeal section 18C of the racial discrimination act ‘in its current form’… I only hope that is not code for a mere amending of the section. We do not need, as he put it, a “hurt feelings test” enshrined in our laws. Speech, when passionately made about values passionately held, will inevitably be offensive at times, and we have to cop that as the cost of an open public forum.

Now we need to hear from the Qld State Attorney-General that the LNP will repeal – not just amend – the odious section 124A of Queensland’s anti-discrimination laws; the one that has citizens dragged before the State Censor for publishing any non-PC opinion against homosexual ‘marriage’, for instance…

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