If Bill Leak feels remotely inclined to respond to the Human Rights Commission star chamber and inquisition (he’s been given 2 weeks to demonstrate how and why his laser accurate cartoon is not racist) he could do worse than copy and paste this response I drafted a few moments ago.
“..I refer you to the exemptions to 18C of the RDA, covered under section 18D, (that’s the bit that comes immediately after 18C which, in your haste to prosecute, you obviously haven’t noticed or bothered to read) of the Race Discrimination act and hereby submit it, as drafted in 1975, as my defence.
The envelope and scope of 18D was obviously designed in anticipation of, and with your type of vexatious and frivolous, shrill, jack booted, fascist, Brown Shirt and Stalinist, witch dunking complaint in mind. (excuse my mix of German/Russian racial, social, cultural and militaristic metaphors)
Now please go away and stop wasting the time, money and resources of the taxpayer in your job justifying, preening and politically correct inspired ambulance chasing.
RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ACT 1975 – SECT 18D
Section 18C does not render unlawful anything said or done reasonably and in good faith:
(a) in the performance, exhibition or distribution of an artistic work; or
(b) in the course of any statement, publication, discussion or debate made or held for any genuine academic, artistic or scientific purpose or any other genuine purpose in the public interest; or
(c) in making or publishing:
(i) a fair and accurate report of any event or matter of public interest; or
(ii) a fair comment on any event or matter of public interest if the comment is an expression of a genuine belief held by the personmaking the comment.