If you are naive to this issue start by reading this blog post by Professor Don Aitkin.
The next step … ask yourself if it insults anyone, except perhaps professor Aitkin’s ancestors.
Would you sue?
FORMER University of Canberra vice-chancellor and former chairman of the National Capital Authority Don Aitkin is being sued for $6 million for alleged racial discrimination.
Ngambri Aboriginal elder Shane Mortimer alleges the adjunct professor’s blog contravenes Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and has lodged an application for damages in the Federal Magistrates Court. <Canberra Times>.
Is there any truth to the suggestion that Mr. Mortimer is as pale skinned as Professor Aitkin? Judge for yourelf.
Is being called pale skinned worth $6million in compensation? Don’t anyone say thin-skinned, that could cost even more.
Mr Mortimer said the case was very similar to that of Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt. Bolt was accused of breaching the Racial Discrimination Act and was found to have contravened Section 18C of the act.
But Professor Aitkin said there was no comparison. ‘’That’s stupid, I’m an academic, I’m an emeritus professor of the University of Canberra….”
… and just writing a blog, a blog that doesn’t suggest any overtly racist tendencies in the good professor, but the law of the land applies to everyone. Bad laws have bad consequences for everyone.
18c is a very bad law, it should be repealed.