Treasurer Scott Morrison has in recent weeks warned against reforming section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, arguing that it ‘doesn’t create one job’.
What a sad state our federal politics has come to, if attempts to further our rights to freedom of speech, are being deemed unimportant because they do not result in immediate economic benefits.
This laser- like focus on economic issues, is the type of approach that switches off many conservative Australians such as myself, given our government holds no intention of promoting any kind of traditional, identity- based vision for our country.
Moreover, this latest rhetoric wreaks of a government orientated towards short term, re- election prospects, woefully lacking in basic values or care for our nation’s long term future.
“Scott Morrison warns against internal fight over free speech laws: ‘It doesn’t create one job'”, Sydney Morning Herald, March 1, 2017:
Senior government ministers are resisting renewed debate over section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, as a fresh backbench push threatens to once again divide the Coalition over free speech.
Treasurer Scott Morrison, preparing for the release of key national accounts figures on Wednesday, warned that changing the 18c racial hate laws would not help reduce unemployment or improve any other economic metric.
The head of the committee investigating whether 18c should to be changed has offered options for the government rather than actual recommendations.
“I know there are a lot of people who are interested in this issue,” he said. “As a senior figure in this government … I know this issue doesn’t create one job, doesn’t open one business, doesn’t give anyone one extra hour. It doesn’t make housing more affordable or energy more affordable.
“I don’t see any intersection between that issue and those priorities”….