Censorship of Hate Speech in Australia
Under the Federal Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), complaints about "hate speech" can be taken to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (HREOC). Various state laws also cover the area.
- The Toben case is still before the courts! Australian story from February 2008
- A review of Regulating Racism: Racial Vilification Laws in Australia
- I attended a cyber-racism symposium in Sydney in October 2002.
- Apparently Toben has appealed to the full bench of the Federal Court. I really can't see the appeal being successful, but the Adelaide Institute site is still there...
- Federal Court upholds censorship of Adelaide Institute (September 2002)
This decision is not as bad as the HREOC judgement - it reduces scope to particular documents and/or ideas, doesn't include obnoxious demands for an apology, etc. But it's still a totally unwarranted restriction on Toben's freedom of speech.
See also a debate on Radio National.
- EFA submission to HREOC on application of the RDA online (August 2002)
- A Cyberhate conference in Sydney (November 2000)
- HREOC orders web site shut down (October 2000)
- extracts from a race/intelligence/IQ debate on anthro-l