THE Tasmanian branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers does not support the position taken by Senator Brandis who stated in Parliament this week that part of upholding the principle of free speech is also to allow people the right to be a bigot.
Being a bigot is to be intolerant of others who have a different religion, race, culture or social status.
Surely our government is wanting to support community cohesion, not intolerance and bigotry.
AASW supports processes that allow members of our community to be safe and respected.
We support the values of social justice and human rights.
We value a cohesive and diverse community.
We advocate for free speech, where the discussion is about putting forward a range of views.
Free speech is not a licence to air intolerant, abusive or offensive views about someone.
Free speech is about hearing all sides of the argument.
- ALLY SMITH, South Hobart.