Sheik Yer’Mami has the run down. :
Abbott explicitly said earlier that the decision was made “with the Muslim community” which might have bee ‘alienated’ (aren’t they always?) and that taken the protection off would have further ‘aggravated’ them, which causes ‘extremism’ which needs to be prevented etc etc and that he wants to have good relations with all communities (lol)
No Freedom of Speech for you, Aussie! 18 C stays.
Abbott More like a lack of leadership decision. And the new tranche of anti-terrorism legislation has more holes than a crumpet, but it’s a start and shows the Government has recognised the threat even if it still can’t legally identify it as a Muslim threat. It would never have passed the Senate anyway. Larry Pickering
This a disaster for Australian democracy. A very very sad day indeed.
The Abbott Government has given up on reforming 18c. Too many lobby groups (Muslims) hate free speech. And the reforms were badly sold. I suspect the country will be poorer for this.