Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Personal freedom under fire

Australia does not need thought police, urges Mitch Fifield.

"If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, human rights bureaucrats have been laying down the bitumen. This could be the case in Victoria if Premier John Brumby accepts recommendations to fortify the powers of the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. These proposals come from former state public advocate Julian Gardner, who was commissioned by the state Labor Government to review Victoria's Equal Opportunity Act."

Read the whole article here

Under a key proposal put forward by the former public advocate, Julian Gardner, the onus of proof in is transferred from the person who was hindered and complained to the organisation alleged to have discriminatory practices, the latter having to prove that a discriminatory practice or policy was "reasonable.” I can see some nervous heads about this … almost raises some classic philosophical questions; Orwell still matters.

Mitch Fifield is a Liberal Senator from Victoria

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