Freedom of speech and racial vilification in Australia: 'The Bolt case' in public discourse

Gelber, Katharine and McNamara, Luke (2013) Freedom of speech and racial vilification in Australia: 'The Bolt case' in public discourse. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48 4: 470-484. doi:10.1080/10361146.2013.842540


Author Gelber, Katharine
McNamara, Luke
Title Freedom of speech and racial vilification in Australia: 'The Bolt case' in public discourse
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
1363-030X
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2013.842540
Volume 48
Issue 4
Start page 470
End page 484
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article examines the public discourse that emerged in the aftermath of the 2011 decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Eatock v Bolt. We characterise the narrative of ‘the Bolt case’ as a ‘mobilising discourse’ that countered rather than echoed the decision itself. This discourse had three main messages: encouraging scepticism about the authenticity of fair-skinned Aboriginal persons and judgment by non-Aboriginal persons about the legitimacy of Aboriginal identity according to skin colour; questioning the legitimacy of racial vilification laws and strengthening a libertarian conception of freedom of speech. We explain how such a contrary discourse became dominant in the wake of a successful racial vilification action and consider the implications of these events.
Keyword Anti-discrimination legislation
Australian politics
Discourse
Hate speech
Racial discrimination
Vilification
Racial vilification
Freedom of speech
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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Created: Thu, 12 Dec 2013, 07:39:22 EST by Dr Katharine Gelber on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies