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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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18c decision could mark the end of the beginning for PM Malcolm Turnbull

Freedom of Speech | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 24th March, 2017

We might soon be approaching the end of the beginning of Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership. A harsh critic of his government might argue that...

18c: Not Perfect, But A Pretty Good Start

Freedom of Speech | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 22nd March, 2017

The Turnbull government's proposed changes to section 18c don't go all the way, but they're a pretty good start. Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm...

Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 3rd March, 2017

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will be repealed. It won't happen today, and it may not happen in this term of parliament. But section...

Demand Remains For Free Speech

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 2nd March, 2017

It is disappointing that the parliamentary committee charged with looking into one of Australia's most insidious anti-free speech laws has failed...

Fake News Meets 18C

Freedom of Speech | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 1st March, 2017

Earlier this month Professor Andrew Jakubowitz of the taxpayer-created Cyber Racism and Community Resilience Research Group attempted to debunk a...

Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Spectator Australia 17th February, 2017

Australia's race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free...

Revealed: How Your Taxes Fund The 18c Fan Club

Freedom of Speech | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 3rd February, 2017

One of the most obvious features of the parliamentary inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been the volume of government...

'Comfort women' statue row shows absurdity of 18C

Freedom of Speech | Andrew Bushnell
The Australian 19th December, 2016

A law against offending people is a stupid idea, a truth that is now being confirmed on an almost daily basis. In recent months we have seen the...

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...

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