Only recently have taken up residency in political Lala land, two the inhabitants are off to a flying start.
Two private members’ bills will come before the Senate: one, from Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm, to entirely abolish section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, and another from Bob Day, to remove the words “offend” and “insult” from the controversial clause.
As it stands, section 18c makes it unlawful to offend, insult, intimidate or humiliate a person on the basis of race.
Either bill would be supported by newly elected Victorian senator Derryn Hinch, who senses an opportunity to divide and (possibly) conquer.
Senator Leyonhjelm hopes to convince the Turnbull government to “wind back its position” in the long-term, but admits the current crusade is essentially in vain.
“There was never any expectation that this was likely to pass in the foreseeable future,” he told Fairfax Media.
Is interesting that the legislation is being proposed by two old white men. You be inclined to take more seriously if it were being presented by two of the recently elected Muslim or Aboriginal MPs.
So if there is no chance of these members bills getting up, why are and Tweedledum and Tweedledee wasting everybody’s time?