Opinion: Indeed, Mr Abbott, Section 18C is “clearly a bad law” May 16, 2016 Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has recently admitted that his failure to amend the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, was one of a series of mistakes he made while in office. The section has been the subject of considerable debate over the past few years, and has been roundly criticised by many politicians and commentators because of its broad scope arguably preventing robust debate about race and ethnicity. In an article for the website On Line Opinion, Murdoch University PhD candidate Joshua Forrester, and law lecturers Lorraine Finlay and Dr Augusto Zimmerman argue that section 18 C is not only a bad law, but an unconstitutional one. The article is based on research developed by the same authors in the new book No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong that has recently been published by Connor Court Publishing. They say it goes much further than required by the international obligations set out in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. They also argue it breaches the implied freedom of political communication by only requiring that an act is reasonably likely to offend or insult. This is a dangerously low threshold, they say. To read the full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Research, School of Law Research Tags: 18c, 18c debate, augusto zimmerman, connor court publishing, joshua forrester, lorraine finlay, on lin opinion, racial discrimination act, section 18c Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!