Mike Rann cleared of Racism, now given green light to racially vilify Macedonians. July 2, 2010Posted by Yilan in Australia, Macedonia.
Tags: Australia, Mike Rann
SOUTH Australian Premier Mike Rann has been cleared of racially vilifying the people of the Republic of Macedonia.
The Human Rights Commission found Mr Rann had no case to answer for claiming the Macedonian state was stealing Greek history and culture, an accusation the Premier made in a speech at a Greek festival in Adelaide last year. In the speech, Mr Rann also accused Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov of “stirring up trouble in a most dangerous way” with Greece.
The comments sparked a complaint to the HRC by South Australia’s Macedonian community but judge Catherine Branson ruled it to be “lacking in substance”.
Mr Rann said he abhorred racism and his criticisms were directed at the policies of the Ivanov government, not Macedonians.
“I stand on my record of racial and ethnic tolerance. I will not be intimidated by anyone from speaking forthrightly on behalf of historical truth,” Mr Rann said.