This is Alex Wood and Calum Thwaits. TMR doesn’t know either of them from a bar of soap. However, they should be jointly nominated for Australian of the year for their services to our country’s freedom of speech.
In an incredible twist of fate, Cynthia Prior may well extract some more money out of this situation yet – just not from the intended source.
Since TMR’s last post on the QUT section 18C case, some have speculated whether Ms Prior was funded on a no-win, no fee basis. TMR puts this theory to the test.
Of all the questions in the Queensland University section 18C debacle, the one that hasn’t been properly asked is who funded this lady and allowed her to cause so much carnage?
By now, everyone is aware of Bill Leak’s infamous cartoon.
TMR has elected to reproduce it here as a firmly extended central digit to the left – which loves taking offense for the sake of taking offense and which specialises in encouraging people who otherwise couldn’t care less to join their crusade (seriously, I take my hat off, they’re really good at doing this).
I’m not going to provide yet another opinion on the merits of the cartoon itself. That’s for you to decide. Long may you continue having the freedom to do just that.
Bias and conflict of interest
The point of this post is to debunk the accusations of bias and conflict of interest that have been raised (I bet you weren’t expecting that) and to expose the egregious waste of public money that is the Human Rights Commission (you were probably expecting that).
Go make yourself a cup of coffee (or prepare a stiff drink) and stick around: you’ll be blown away by some of the numbers.