FEELING SHIRTY ABOUT THE LAW
AS a member of the grumpy Caucasian men’s club, I was interested in the kerfuffle about Senator David Leyonhjelm who complained to the Human Rights Commission after being described as an angry white male. He made the complaint to shine a light on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which he believed limited free speech. Most would see it as a ludicrous complaint but that was his point. The commissioner must investigate if the complainant says they were offended, insulted, intimidated or humiliated by something spoken, written or even drawn in a cartoon. Mr Leyonhjelm wants the words offend and insult removed from section 18C. I am not often struck with righteous indignation, like Mr Leyonhjelm. My anger is usually more frustration – like when you cannot get the crease straight in the arm of your shirt when you iron it. But I will always defend his right to be offended by the use of the word offend.
Rick Lee - regional editor