Reclaiming the Institutions 1: Good riddance to the race baiters

Caption: Race-baitin’ Soupy (inset) realises that he won’t be getting paid a motza by taxpayers, just to tell them how deplorable they are.

Thomas Sowell wrote that, Racism is not dead, but it is on life support ? kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ?racists?. Former Australian race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphom?masane is just that kind of race hustler.

Soupy used his lucrative, taxpayer-funded sinecure as a bully-pulpit for non-stop race-baiting, from denouncing anyone who stumbled over pronouncing his name as ?racists? to blaming Australian institutions and media for being too white.

In the Long March through the Institutions, quangos like the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are progressively stacked by left-leaning governments with such activists. The Morrison government is taking at least one of them back. Quote:

The federal government has taken a key step in its realignment of the nation?s human rights watchdog by appointing a race discrimination commissioner who rejects claims that Australia is a racist country and who will not use his position to solicit ?complaints.

The appointment of lawyer and multicultural expert Chin Leong Tan is part of a major shift in which the government is using appointments to entrench Australian values while working on a wider overhaul of the commission?Mr Tan, who takes office on Monday, said his own life experience showed Australia was not a racist country.

?If it was, I wouldn?t be here, mate.? End of quote.

While race hustling Pharisees like Soupy whined about microaggressions and having white people on the telly, a wealth of data shows that Australia is right up there with New Zealand as one of the least racist nations on earth. Quote:

He believed Australia had been criticised on the issue of race because this country held itself to a higher standard.

?Every country has its racial problems to deal with. I think we have dealt with ours in a very good way in the sense that our system is totally non-discriminatory.? End of quote.

The most egregious abuse of the power of the AHRC was its secretive, Star Chamber-like pursuit of the innocent. Even though judges would eventually summarily dismiss these cases as ?preposterous? and ?utterly without merit?, the process was the punishment. People were dragged through the legal quagmire for years and permanently smeared. Quote:

Mr Tan?s appointment is the latest step in an overhaul of the commission after it became the focus for criticism under former president Gillian Triggs and former race discrimination commissioner Tim Soutphom?masane.

Mr Tan?s elevation is a key government move to restore the standing of the Australian Human Rights Commission as an orthodox public sector agency.

The Attorney-General has long insisted that Dr Soutphommasane?s replacement would have empathy not just for minorities but for mainstream values and would be unlikely to solicit complaints against individuals.

Parliament?s joint committee on human rights called last year for changes to preserve public confidence in the Human Rights Commission after it found Dr Soutphommasane?s remarks about a cartoon in The Australian by the late Bill Leak ?could have been perceived by some as solicitation?. Leak died of a heart attack months after the commission had presented him with a complaint under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act that was ?withdrawn before it could be ?determined. When asked yesterday whether he would solicit complaints, Mr Tan said: ?No. I don?t think that?s my role.? End of quote.

My in-laws are migrants. Even back in the 80s, my wife would sometimes be told (by other ?ethnic Australians?), ?Oh, so you?re Maltese-Australian?. ?No,? she would reply. ?I?m Australian. My parents were born in Malta, but I?m just Australian.? Quote:

[Mr Tan] did not believe it was appropriate for people to commonly identify themselves ?in terms of the hyphenated cultural background that we come from?.

?My kids are of Chinese extraction but they were born here. They don?t see themselves like, ?I am Chinese-Australian?. They see themselves as Australian most of the time and that is what they say.

?But when there is a context that comes up, they say they are Australians of Chinese background and it gives them context of their own heritage.

?But I don?t think as a norm we should be identifying ourselves in terms of the hyphenated cultural background that we come from.? End of quote.

To prove his Aussie-as credentials, Tan is ready to crack ?racist? jokes at his own expense. Quote:

Before taking on a series of roles in multicultural affairs, he was a solicitor and partner with several law firms.

When asked to nominate his favourite area of legal practice, he said: ?Man, unfortunately you are looking at a Chinese: commercial property. End of quote.