Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Former Institute of Public Affairs lobbyist Tim Wilson foreshadows the possibility that proposed Abbott Government amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 will allow anyone to call any Aboriginal person a nigger* in words, sounds, images or writing spoken, broadcast, published or otherwise communicated in the course of participating in the public discussion of any political, social, cultural, religious, artistic, academic or scientific matter.
The Age 30 March 2014:
Racial discrimination laws have led to the ''bizarre'' situation where members of a community can use racially loaded language against each other while outsiders can't, Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has said.
Asked whether he was referring to the word ''nigger'', Mr Wilson said: ''I won't say it, but that's right.''
Mr Wilson told Fairfax that repealing the so-called ''Andrew Bolt'' provision of the act, which makes it unlawful to insult or offend people based on their race or ethnicity, would restore ''equality'' to discrimination laws.
* Nigger is considered a racially abusive term usually used in connection with African-Americans or other persons considered to be ‘black’. In my experience this term is not universally used in indigenous communities.