Freedom of Speech

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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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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...

Let all voices be heard, however distasteful

Freedom of Speech | Matthew Lesh
The Australian 3rd June, 2016

The decision of La Trobe University to suspend Marxist academic Roz Ward following her Facebook comments is more complex than it first appears....

Racial Discrimination Act: Turnbull should revisit 18C repeal case

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 29th April, 2016

If it wasn't already clear, the past few months demonstrate how firmly the issue of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is now...

Publications

Free speech bill an opportunity for the Turnbull government

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Senator Day's Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014 is a significant opportunity for the Turnbull government to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of speech, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Senate...

Tasmanian anti-discrimination complaint shows freedom of speech is under attack

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"An anti-discrimination complaint against the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart shows that freedom of speech is under attack," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Martine...

Free speech lost in translation

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

Ten years ago in September 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoons and sparked what the Danish prime minister described as the worst crisis in Danish foreign policy since the Second World War. In his book, The Tyranny...