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Jake Fraser – Adventure, freedom of speech and Australia day | Week 8

Jake Fraser

30 January 2017

Hello for the eighth instalment of the IPA experience.

Welcome back to the IPA Evan Mulholland

Monday saw my primary task for the week transition to the parliament inquiry on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. Building on the work I did earlier in December on the IPA’s submission, the focus has shifted toward collating information on other submissions made by the public.

What I discovered among the diversity of submissions – including interest groups, private citizens, and law practitioners to name a few – is the significantly conflicting views on the issue. From my understanding and working experience of the provision, I feel that there is a misconception of the protection the law provides for individuals, or lack thereof. Hence, the by-product of such is a distortion of the restriction it entails on freedom of speech.

Here, the main issue at hand is a poorly drafted law that requires a large amount of subjectivity from its interpreter. Therefore, it needs to be repealed in its entirety.

Entrance to the Shrine of Remembrance

In the crypt at the Shrine of Remembrance

My adventure for the week saw a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance to learn more about our veterans of past and the stories of sacrifice they made for our great country. The building displays a fascinating crypt underground providing a walk through time into the history of world war I and II.

Lastly, to keep the tradition of home alive I ventured down to docklands on Thursday night to watch the Australia day fireworks display.

Australia day fireworks from Eithad stadium

It’s been a good week!

Signing off for now,

Jake

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