Free Speech

Truth In Political Advertising’ A Disguise For Elites’ Attack On Free Speech And Democracy
14 March 2024

Truth In Political Advertising’ A Disguise For Elites’ Attack On Free Speech And Democracy

“So-called ‘truth in political advertising’ laws are nothing more than a brazen attack on free speech, and are fundamentally designed to shut down political opposition to the agendas of the federal government and the political elite,” said John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, it has been reported that the federal government is
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The Davos War Against Free Speech Intensifies
29 January 2024

The Davos War Against Free Speech Intensifies

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on misinformation laws and how it affects the political freedom of mainstream Australians. If you sit around the kitchen table with the average Australian and ask what their biggest concerns are, they are likely to answer: mortgages, inflation, unaffordable housing, rising energy costs, or
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Federal Government Re-commits To ‘Misinformation’ Bill Censorship
23 November 2023

Federal Government Re-commits To ‘Misinformation’ Bill Censorship

“The federal Minister of Communications confirmation today that the government is committed to introducing the most draconian censorship Australians have ever faced outside of wartime, highlights it has not listened to community concerns,” said John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. At the National Press Club today, while announcing a review into the Online
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Biased “Fact Checkers” Show How Misinformation Laws Will Be A Disaster For Australia
9 November 2023

Biased “Fact Checkers” Show How Misinformation Laws Will Be A Disaster For Australia

“Throughout the referendum campaign, Australians witnessed unparalleled levels of online censorship driven by the intervention of so-called ‘fact-checkers’. It shows why the government’s proposed misinformation laws must be scrapped,” said John Storey, Director of the Institute of Public Affairs’ Legal Rights Program. New research from the IPA of self-proclaimed ‘fact-checking’ organisations in Australia – AAP FactCheck, RMIT FactLab, and RMIT
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Think the Voice Was Bad? Labor’s Plan For ‘Misinformation’ Laws is the Party’s Latest Political Ploy to Give More Power to Australia’s Unelected Officials
27 October 2023

Think the Voice Was Bad? Labor’s Plan For ‘Misinformation’ Laws is the Party’s Latest Political Ploy to Give More Power to Australia’s Unelected Officials

In this article, Director of Research Morgan Begg contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on misinformation laws and how it affects the political freedom of mainstream Australians. The resounding rejection by the Australian people of the Voice to Parliament is being met not with reflection or humility by the Federal Government, but with a promise to censor online political communication
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Parliamentary Research Brief – The Free Speech Crisis In Australian Universities And How To Solve It
31 August 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – The Free Speech Crisis In Australian Universities And How To Solve It

University hostility to freedom of speech has more than doubled since 2016 In 2016, 67% of Australian universities enforced policies that were explicitly hostile to free speech. In 2023, that number has increased to 90%. Hostility to free speech on campus can be measured by the number and severity of conduct polices enforced by universities. The combined hostility score across
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Free Speech On Campus Audit 2023
10 August 2023

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2023

Australia’s universities are failing to protect freedom of speech on campus. The Institute of Public Affairs’ Free Speech on Campus Audit 2023 is the fourth systematic analysis of more than 279 policies at Australia’s 42 universities. The Audit rates each university’s support for free speech by analysing policies that restrict expression. In 2023, almost all Australian universities are hostile to
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Threats To Free Speech On Campus have More Than Doubled Since 2016
10 August 2023

Threats To Free Speech On Campus have More Than Doubled Since 2016

“Australian universities should be the exemplars of free expression, but sadly free speech is under renewed attack on our university campuses, where conformity is valued over education and debate,” said Brianna McKee, National Manager of Generation Liberty at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released its Free Speech on Campus Audit 2023 research report, which reviewed the 279
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Letter To The eSafety Commissioner
6 April 2023

Letter To The eSafety Commissioner

Dear Ms Inman Grant Ensuring the Voice to Parliament Referendum debate is free and fair The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) was founded in 1943 as a non-profit educational research organisation with the objective of furthering the individual, social, political, and economic freedom of the Australian people, and maintaining and enhancing the Australian way of life. A central strand of
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New ‘Disinformation’ Laws Are A Frightening Grab By Federal Bureaucrats For Control Of Our Online Speech
16 May 2022

New ‘Disinformation’ Laws Are A Frightening Grab By Federal Bureaucrats For Control Of Our Online Speech

The idea federal bureaucrats should be given sweeping internet censorship powers to stifle the opinions of mainstream Australians is as bizarre as it is terrifying. When the US Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of a new entity called the “Disinformation Governance Board”, Republicans went into overdrive. “You cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country,” said Florida
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