Oops. I got the female left-winger wrong. Guess they had two on the panel.
So predictable, both the programme itself, and Fairfax’s prominent write up the next day.
Never mind the fact what she was saying was factually incorrect. That there is a carve out in the law for artistic expression. That the cartoon illustrated a scenario which displays the lack of parenting that so many Aboriginals themselves raise awareness of in remote communities. The cartoon did not portray an entire race of people. Example: cartoon makes fun of white, Sydney western suburbs mother on the choice of name for her children - this portrays a group of people, not a race.
But apparently, it was racist because she is Aboriginal. Ooh. Smack down. End of story. No time for facts or nuanced debate.
It doesn’t affect everyone, so it doesn’t need to be changed, she further proffered. Never mind the prominent court cases last week that showed complaints under this section of the Racial Discrimination Act for damages to not have any legal merit. Forget all that. Senators shouldn’t be discussing laws. They’re not law-makers working in the Parliament which makes laws, and amends them, in the face of court decisions (oops, actually they are). The Senator was apparently abusing his position discussing the amendment of a law (!), mistakenly described as a personal agenda (so personal, that four individuals were hauled before the courts).
Powerful, independent female Aboriginal silencing angry old Eric Abetz? Left-wing orgasm.
Oh, Christ. Just re-read the article again. They actually say she silenced the room. Beyond parody.
And she apparently ‘threw shade’ on her opponents. Is this written by a uni student politician?
And what was her golden quote for the night? Comparing the US to something titled ‘Turd Island’. How charming. How insightful.
The ABC does a great disservice to political debate in this country with this programme, with its ill-informed participants, who are, quite often, complete morons.