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82 per cent of Australians think freedom of speech is more important than the right not to be offended

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| John Roskam

82 per cent of Australians think freedom of speech is more important than the right not to be offended

A new poll has found that 82% of Australians think protecting freedom of speech is more important than protecting people from being offended.

The poll conducted last weekend for the Institute of Public Affairs by Galaxy Research surveyed 1052 people across the country.

The finding comes in the lead up to this morning's judgement in the Federal Court of the Andrew Bolt freedom of speech trial. Judgement in the trial of Pat Eatock v Andrew Bolt & Anor is scheduled to be announced at 10.15 am in Melbourne today.

John Roskam, the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs said ‘freedom of speech is a bedrock of Australian democracy.'

‘The law which sent Andrew Bolt to trial does not reflect community attitudes to freedom of speech. 

‘The trial is another illustration of how freedom of speech is under threat in Australia,' said Mr Roskam.

The poll question was:

In your opinion, which of these two options is the most important? That the government protect the right to free speech, or that people are protected from being offended? 

Right to free speech 82%
Protection from being offended 15%
Don't know 3%

Details of the freedom of speech poll are available at www.ipa.org.au.

For media comment: John Roskam Executive Director 0415 475 673
jroskam@ipa.org.au

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