Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Canadian commentator calls on Australia to repeal vilification law

A Canadian commentator has called on Australia to dump our controversial vilification law.

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act makes it unlawful for someone to ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate’ someone because of their race or ethnicity.

Author Mark Steyn told Tom Elliott Canada’s version of the same law was so easy to satisfy it had a conviction rate ‘Kim Jong-Un would envy’.

‘All the things that are in there – offend, embarrass, humiliate – they’re all feelings,’ Mr Steyn said.

‘They’re not things capable of legal definition.

‘If you feel embarrassed or humiliated, then you are embarrassed or humiliated.’

Mr Steyn, in Australia to promote his latest book A Disgrace to the Profession, says he’s heard a lot of Australians say ‘I believe in free speech, but…’.

‘The ‘but’ kills everything beforehand,’ he said.

‘You can’t be a little bit pregnant. You’re either for free speech, or you’re not.’

Click play to hear the full segment

Advertisement