The Australian law is light in its constitution with our legislative having more sovereignty and supremacy than others in liberal democracies. As Australia does not have a bill of negative rights hate speech laws have been able to be legislated at the federal and state level.
Christopher Shortis was a member of the Bendigo Three and was convicted and fined $2000 for intent to incite serious contempt, revulsion or severe ridicule of Muslims under Section 25(2) of the Victorian Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001.
Since then Chris has been studying a law degree and advocates that Australian nationalists and patriots should better understand the Australian Constitution and legal system to challenge laws and also participate in the political process and elections. Chris was my guest on the midweek edition of WilmsFront.
This episode was the eve of Blair Cottrell’s appeal trial verdict on the same conviction which was handed down by Chief Judge of the County Court of Victoria Peter Kidd. Like Cottrell, Shortis has also faced legal hurdles following his conviction. VCAT upheld a police ruling to deny Shortis a security license in September this year.
Right-wing extremist fails in bid to become security guard – The Age
Waves Ep. 213 Christopher Shortis
Bendigo Three Verdict Biggest Attack on Free Speech Yet
Fine and Conviction Upheld for Bendigo Mock Beheading Stunt – TU