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5 Oct 2015

Fox News Contributor Says Australia Has "No Freedom" Due To Hate Speech Laws

During a breakfast television discussion on gun violence, contributor Tucker Carlson said that "people can go to prison for citing unpopular views in Australia, and they often do."

Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson appeared on Fox and Friends on Monday, and has claimed Australia has "no freedom" during a discussion on gun violence in America.

Carlson is likely referring to section 18c of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it unlawful to do an act in public which is reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or ethnicity.

18c has been controversial in Australia since conservative commentator Andrew Bolt was found to have breached the Act in 2011, following his criticism of some Aboriginal activists. Bolt was forced to apologise to the complainants and the offending articles were removed from his website.

The breakfast TV panel was discussing last week's mass shooting in Oregon, as well as Donald Trump’s recent claims that the campus’ ban on guns was to blame.

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When co-host Clayton Morris brought up Australia's gun laws, Carlson countered by referencing Australia's hate speech laws, saying "Australia has no freedom" and that "you can go to prison for expression of popular views and people do."

No one has been jailed under the laws, and an investigation in 2014 found that "fewer than 4000 formal complaints were lodged across the country in the two decades from 1990 to 2010."

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