18C reminds me of the sideshow alley Whack-A-Mole game where you hit the target mole on the head not knowing from which hole it’s going to pop up next.
It’s a crapshoot. A roll of the dice.
There’s no rhyme, reason or logic just as with Labor’s workshopped, loaded and fiendishly slippery talking points question “what do you want to say that you can’t say now.”
Because of the capricious and subjective nature of 18C, we simply don’t know and can’t possibly know until after the fact, when an individual, depending on their frame of mind and perhaps a vindictive spirit, decides to lodge a complaint on the basis that they feel miffed or perhaps have their own agenda and just want to shut someone down.
Like Whack-A-Mole, 18C is a moving target that can’t be pinned down and as such is hostage to an individuals, whimsy, mood, emotions and feelings. The circumstances in the QUT case and the casual, harmless, but nevertheless accurate throw away line about “fighting segregation with segregation” makes the point as to how open to abuse, with an activist commission loaded with social justice warriors 18C really is.