Freedom of speech is everything. From this deep old well comes our right to speak. To gather. To join or not join. To pray. To not pray. To think, to write and to believe.
The proposed changes to 18C get the balance right by removing the words offend, insult and humiliate and changing to harass and intimidate. The test to be applied will be the standard of a reasonable member of the Australian community. There will also be changes made to the complaints handling process of the Human Rights Commission.
Now it is up to the Senate and we in the Liberal Nationals will get on with delivering jobs, fighting increased cost of living and building stuff while keeping out bad people and bad diseases.