the old 18C changes hidden in a cartoonist's death trick...
Bill Leak may have been the poster boy for "free speech" anti-Section 18C nutters, but his death has not heralded the end of racism and bigotry, writes John Passant.
BILL LEAK'S DEATH has produced various responses.
The Australian, the newspaper for which he cartooned, has been one long eulogy for him — complete on the weekend with a wraparound four pages of adulation.
This cult of Bill is driven by The Australian’s campaign against what it calls "political correctness" and what I call human decency. This is centred on Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Meanwhile at Murdoch HQ, the shitty centre for the elimination of political correctness:
Reforms to Australia’s section 18C “race-hate” laws could come as soon as next week as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fast-tracks the changes following cartoonist Bill Leak’s death.
Coalition MPs say they want the issue to be dealt with “quickly” after an inquiry into the reform options, News Corp reported.
The controversial cartoonist’s high-profile 18C investigation has increased the urgency for an overhaul of the legislation under the Racial Discrimination Act.
Cabinet is expected to assess proposals, with updated processes for dispute resolution at the Australian Human Rights Commission largely supported by Coalition MPs and the cross-bench.
Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen told News Corp he favoured a “swift” resolution on the basis that words such as “offend”, “insult” and “humiliate” were removed from section 18C.
“If coming to a consensus view means getting something through the parliament that is completely at odds with what the rank and file are calling for, we may not as well even do it. It will end up becoming a negative,” Mr Christensen said.