Podcast EXTRA – Will the reforms to 18C capture Holocaust deniers?
Just Words spoke to 18C complainant Jeremy Jones, who has used racial hatred laws to fight serious examples of anti-Semitism since the section was introduced over 20 years ago. Jones is concerned that the proposed draft laws will open the flood gates when it comes to racist speech. He says the Coalition Government’s plan to remove ‘offend, insult and humiliate’ and replace it with the term ‘harass’, as well as to more narrowly define the term ‘intimidate’ is a sign of ‘immoral’ leadership. Will the proposed changes to 18C still capture the concept of Holocaust denial? Just Words producer Anthony Dockrill spoke to Jeremy Jones, Director at the Australian Israel and Jewish Affairs Council on Wednesday 22 March, the day after Malcolm Turnbull flagged changes to Australia’s race hate laws.