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[–] bio-woman 6 points (+6|-0)

Australia does not have free speech in the same way that the US does, no. There are some laws around Freedom of Expression but there are many other laws that interfere with these (in this case it would be Anti-Discrimination laws). It is a shame that in these sort of cases where people have their feelings hurt by seeing something they don't like on social media, it is not sufficient for them to take action with the owner of the platform, be it Facebook or Twitter. A reasonable person would think that was the appropriate response. It is not an appropriate response for the government to intervene and fine and silence someone for their social media postings. The Equal Opportunity Commissions here are very heavy handed with women, and very unsympathetic when listening to women's concerns. The UK is of course similar to us, with their police interventions for social media postings.

That's hearbreaking knowing Australia and UK are so restricted with speech, esp. when it harms women. USA has the First Amendment precisely because nobody was going to tell an Englishman what he could or couldn't say! Colonies tend to preserve older traditions. Sad that Mother England, and then the Commonwealth (I guess Australia is still Commonwealth?) countries moved into WokeWorld. USA has too, but Free Speech is a "fight to the death" issue for most Americans. Not so much for our immigrants or young people though, and that scares me.

[–] june_atwood 2 points (+2|-0)

Australia is deeply misogynist, really atrocious. You should see the way some of our male politicians act in the legislative chamber because they have parliamentary privilege - Abbott, Hazard, Leyjohnhelm - all of them have been grossly, graphically and explicitly sexist.