Opinion: QUT discrimination case exposes Human Rights Commission failings

November 7, 2016

Dr Augusto Zimmermann, Joshua Forrester and Lorraine Finlay with Murdoch School of Law Dean Professor Jurgen Brohmer (second right)

Dr Augusto Zimmermann, Joshua Forrester and Lorraine Finlay with Murdoch School of Law Dean Professor Jurgen Brohmer (second right)

The Federal Circuit Court has dismissed a case against three Queensland University of Technology students who were alleged to have breached controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

In an article for The Conversation, Joshua Forrester, Augusto Zimmermann and Lorraine Finlay from Murdoch’s School of Law, review the case against the students and explain Judge Michael Jarrett’s ruling.

They also explain why the case has generated so much controversy and argue it highlights significant problems with 18C, such as the time and stress it has cost the accused students, and the damage to their reputations.

Mr Forrester, Dr Zimmermann and Ms Finlay are also critical of the Australian Human Rights Commission for not rejecting the complaints early on.

To read the full article, click here.

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