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Free speech is one of the bulwarks of individual liberty. Australians should have the right to express a viewpoint without fearing they will be dragged in front of a judge or jury. But free speech is under threat. New "rights" like the "right not to be offended" are supplanting the basic right to free expression. And governments unhappy with political criticism are increasingly seeking to regulate what they view as a hostile media.

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Je suis Bill Leak

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
Spiked 20th October, 2016

The idea that a cartoonist should be answerable to a government body for making a political point is yet another low in the use of Section 18C of...

Banning political donations is banning freedom

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
Daily Telegraph 13th September, 2016

In the wake of the Chinese ­donation scandal engulfing "Shanghai" Sam Dastyari, more than a few politicians have ­massively overreacted by...

The Turnbull government's disgraceful free speech fail

Freedom of Speech | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 26th August, 2016

The spectacle of Malcolm Turnbull arguing passionately for higher taxes on self-funded retirees while saying the reform of laws restricting freedom...

WARNING: This article contains ideas that offend

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 19th August, 2016

Trigger warnings-alerts before content that could cause emotional discomfort-are an attack on intellectual freedom. The warnings change...

Time to act: Curbs on free speech must go

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 19th August, 2016

A free speech revolution is just over the horizon. Several recent events are demonstrating that Australians are sick and tired of a political class...

The age of unreason

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
The Spectator Australia 16th June, 2016

California legislators are considering a bill that would make debate on climate change illegal. The Orwellian-sounding Climate Science Truth and...

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New poll shows widespread support for free speech

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

10 November 2016 NEW POLL SHOWS WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR FREE SPEECH New Galaxy Research polling commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs has found that 64 per cent of Australians oppose a newspaper cartoonist being investigated by the...

IPA welcomes inquiry on free speech

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

The Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed the announcement of a parliamentary inquiry by the human rights committee into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and curbs on freedom of speech in Australia. "This would help break the...

How The Bill Leak Saga Shows The Dangers Of 18C

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