In the United States, the first amendment of the constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It is deeply unfortunate that such a right is not guaranteed in Australia (although freedom of religion is in the constitution), for freedom of speech is a right which has recently been contravened, as Andrew Bolt has been found guilty of breaching the racial discrimination act.
The Australian writes that “there were cheers and applause in the court when Justice Mordecai Bromberg read out his verdict.” How remarkably disturbing that the court was full of individuals who thought it right that someone be barred from expressing their views. It brings to mind the following scene from Star Wars.
I strongly doubt that the members of this cheer squad understand the fundamentals of free speech. Anyone can express their opinion, no matter how much other detest it, no matter how offended they are! It is as simple as that! If you disagree with what someone says, you challenge them! You do not take away their right to say it! The nine applicants of the class action in question took the latter path, and are now revelling in depriving a man of what should be the most sacred of rights.
The Bunyip asks why the Baillieu government keep these PC-enforcing thugs in the courts.
According to ongoing reports, ex-Labor candidate and Labor-appointed judge, Mordy Bromberg, has ruled that “the way Bolt went about writing his columns” — the radio reporter’s words — settled his guilt.Why is an enemy of free speech on the bench?Why is Premier Ted Baillieu not cleaning out the courts, putting the Labor-appointed hacks, lickspittles and be-wigged totalitarians out to pasture?
We don’t have a liberal party in Victoria, we have two labor parties.
Justice Bromberg may well have upheld the law as it is written, but if that is the case, then the law is just plain wrong. We need laws to protect our right to speak as we wish, not to allow one party to prosecute another for their views. We need a section of the constitution to read something similar to the American first amendment. Given how the government, led by the greens, are going after those they disagree with, we need it desperately.