The Punch has asked me for some examples of offensive speech that might be caught out under Attorney-General Nicola Roxon’s proposed ‘1984’ amendments to create a brave, new, Speak-Easy world of proposed anti-discrimination (A-D) laws.
The first thing that comes to mind is that “Juliar” is offensive to some… but an example of free speech we ought to retain for those who don’t like the lady. If you said the word to Ms Gillard’s face, she might take you to court under proposed A-D laws for she would surely find it personally offensive.
Do we have a right to be offensive towards our Prime Ministers? I hope so, for they often offend many of us by their cross words!
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Human beings can be offended in a myriad weird and wonderful ways. I recently learned that to describe someone morbidly obese as fat is ‘fattist’ and that it’s a no-no to describe someone as suffering from HIV, instead of as someone living with HIV, for example.
We’ve all heard examples of political correctness gone MAD; the phrase itself is so hackneyed that some may find it a bit offensive. And actually we probably shouldn’t use the word ‘mad’, that’s quite likely to offend people with mental health issues. Problems. Disorders. People living with mental health challenges. Consumers of mental health services.
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Like a lot of people, I’d rather eat cardboard for breakfast than tune into Alan Jones in the morning.
Listening to someone spray his microphone with such vitriol as you’re waking up isn’t just bad for your eardrums – it’s bad for the country.
The reason I say that is because bullyboys and whingers like Alan Jones and his poster boy Tony Abbott are trashing our country and filling our national debate with bile, aggression and needless personal abuse.
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As you might’ve heard, the US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other embassy staff were killed in Benghazi. Angry crowds had descended on the embassy, apparently after hearing a vile video about Islam produced by an Israeli-American filmmaker.
There’s all sorts of issues here: about hate speech, about religious overreaction, about the wave of protest and violence in the Middle East. What do you reckon?
It’s Friday. What’s on your mind?
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