Taking the duty of non-interference seriously: internal limits to free speech rights
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In 2014, the Australian Federal Attorney General, George Brandis, proposed to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it unlawful for someone to publicly 'offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate' a person or group of people. He defended the repeal of this section on the grounds that people 'have a right to be bigots.' According to Brandis, this is what protecting free speech ultimately means. In his speech to the Senate, Brandis went on to say: 'in a free country people do have rights to say things that other people find offensive or insulting or bigoted."