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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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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...

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...

Publications

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...