April 29th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
So now anybody can play the race card. Murderer and serial rapist Barry Whiteoak was discriminated against by the NSW Correctional Services Department on the grounds that he was British. In The Australian today I take a closer look at this appalling decision by the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal:
Two weeks ago the tribunal ruled that this devious, dysfunctional, despicable human being was a victim of racism. They awarded him $500 compensation, which mercifully will be redirected to victims of crime.
More serious, however, are the two extraordinary assumptions underpinning the tribunal’s ruling. First, the tribunal accepted that the categorisation of prisoners is “a service” under the terms of the act. Second, the tribunal assumed that nationality, citizenship and race are synonymous.
If this is the case, we must rewrite the Macquarie Dictionary entry that defines race as “a group of persons connected by common descent” or “a group of tribes or peoples forming an ethnic stock”. There are other definitions, but every one of them links race to biology, as the word must unless it is to be stripped of any useful meaning.
Surely the tribunal is not claiming that everyone holding an Australian passport shares a common race, for that would be a killer blow to the race discrimination industry, putting hundreds of human rights lawyers out of work.
By devaluing the notion of racism to nothing more than an arbitrary form of victimhood, the tribunal has not helped those who wish to defend the federal Racial Discrimination Act against the government’s attempts to amend it.