Sydney Morning Herald reports: Sonia Kruger vilified Muslim people when she called for Australia to close its borders to those of the Islamic faith during a segment on the Today show, but did not engage in racial vilification because Muslim people living in Australia are not a race, a tribunal has found.
In a decision on Friday, the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal said Kruger’s “vilifying remarks” in July 2016 “amounted to a stereotypical attack on all Muslims in Australia” and had the capacity to “encourage hatred towards, or serious contempt for, Australian Muslims by ordinary members of the Australian population”.
Christians are vilified everyday. Ideas can be mocked, ridiculed & challenged. Muslims are not a race & thankfully the tribunal agreed. Unfortunately they still made some stupid comments. Sonia was well within reason to say what she said. #IStandWithSoniahttps://t.co/ahQYcaZBxH
— Kirralie Smith (@KirralieS) February 15, 2019
Sonia Kruger vilified no one. She voiced a considered opinion and the government has no business in suppressing her views. Freedom of speech used to be valued in this country. Now government tribunals trample all over it. Vote @AuConservatives in the Senate for #freedomofspeech. https://t.co/r8BSflCMZj
— Lyle Shelton (@LyleShelton) February 15, 2019
The persecution and vilification of @SoniaKruger
The @NCATNSW has once again determined that free speech is risky business.
— Zanetti Cartoons (@ZanettiCartoons) February 15, 2019