NO OFFENCE INTENDED
WHY 18C IS WRONG
Paperback, 270 pages, $29.95
Release Date: April 1st, 2016
From its inception, s 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)
has been controversial. This law makes unlawful any act reasonably
likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or
group of people because of their race, colour, nationality or ethnicity.
Serious concerns have been raised about s 18C’s effect on freedom of
In this book, the authors argue that s 18C is too broad and too vague to
be constitutional. They argue that relevant international treaties do
not support the sweeping scope of s 18C. Further, they argue that s
18C’s breadth and complexity impermissibly infringes the freedom of
communication about government and political matters implied from the
Commonwealth Constitution. In the course of their argument, the authors
also cover issues relevant to Australia’s common law legal tradition and
liberal democratic heritage. This book makes a timely contribution to
the fight for freedom of expression in Australia.
Joshua Forrester: BA (Hons) (Murd), LLB (Hons) (UWA), PhD Candidate (Murdoch).
Lorraine Finlay: BA (UWA), LLB (UWA), LLM (NUS), LLM (NYU), Lecturer in Constitutional Law, Murdoch Law School.
Augusto Zimmermann: LLB (Hons), LLM cum laude, PhD (Mon) Senior Lecturer
in Constitutional Law and Legal Theory, Murdoch Law School; Law Reform
Commissioner, Law Reform Commission of Western Australia; Professor of
Law (adjunct), University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney.
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 07 March, 2016.