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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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IPA Welcomes substantial changes to 18C

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The IPA welcomes the Turnbull Government's commitment to make substantial legislative changes section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act," according to John Roskam, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. As reported last night,...

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The only proposal the Federal Cabinet should consider is the full repeal of 18C," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. "Tinkering with the administrative processes of the...

Taxpayer Funded Submissions Distort Inquiry As Racial Hatred Claims Blowout

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Contributions to public debate from taxpayer-funded, ideologically-biased groups distort the public policy process," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Research by the Institute of...

Free Speech Inquiry Disappoints In Failing To Recommend 18C Repeal

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"It is disappointing that the human rights committee has today failed to recommend the complete repeal of 18C as an option for reform in its freedom of speech inquiry report tabled today," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free market...

IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint...

Free Speech Not A Fringe Issue - Poll

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is "very important". "Much to the surprise of some members of the media and the political class, free speech matters," said...

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

VIDEO | Institute of Public Affairs

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The Process is the Punishment for QUT Students

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

"The Turnbull government cannot stick its head in the sand any longer on section 18C: the law must be repealed," said John Roskam, Executive Director at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The proof that the human rights...

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