One of the contributors to our Blog, the Australian Journalist and Commentator, Andrew Bolt was yesterday found guilty of breaching the (Australian) Racial Discrimination Act for two articles he wrote and published in 2009.
The court proceedings have been in train for a number of Months here in Melbourne Australia, and yesterday, Federal Court Justice Mordecai Bromberg found that Bolt had breached the Act.
Bolt was sued by a group of nine light-skinned Aboriginal people over two of Bolt’s articles in which he accused them of using their Aboriginality for financial gain.
Following the decision, Andrew Bolt said in an interview outside the Court:
“(The decision) would have grave implications for our multi-ethnic or “multi-racial” community. Must we always be defined by our ancestry, trapped forever in some box of race? Is someone with even just 1/128th Aboriginal ancestry forever an Aborigine, and Aborigine only?”
After the finding, Justice Bromberg said that in the absence of the publication of an apology from Bolt, and also from The Herald Sun Newspaper which Bolt writes for, he would make an order for the publication of a corrective notice.
For some background on the finding take the following link:
At that link is a short video from the (Australian) ABC TV current affairs program 7.30.
Under that short video are three other links to media articles on the finding.
This morning, Andrew Bolt replied in his Column, which we have posted in full as today’s article from Andrew Bolt.