Free Speech

Labor’s New Threat To Freedom Of Speech
3 May 2019

Labor’s New Threat To Freedom Of Speech

Free Market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has criticised a proposal from Mark Dreyfus, the Federal Labor shadow attorney-general, that if elected a Labor government would ‘beef up’ the enforcement of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by increasing the funding of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).  “Not only does the AHRC preside over divisive and
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Shut Up, You White Males
30 April 2019

Shut Up, You White Males

Earlier this week news broke of a controversial workshop entitled “How privilege manifests in tutorials” run at the University of Melbourne by the Student Union’s Environment ­Collective. Those running the workshop argued that “white males” and students that look like “Liberal voters”, should be discouraged from speaking to provide more space for women and non-binary people to contribute during tutorials.
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Can’t Howl This Down: More Must Be Done To Protect Free Speech
24 April 2019

Can’t Howl This Down: More Must Be Done To Protect Free Speech

Former chief justice Robert French’s review into university freedom of speech is a powerful vindication of those who have raised concerns about free speech protection on Australia’s campuses. The review’s terms of reference instructed French to assess the existing higher education standards, the effectiveness of policies and practices to protect free intellectual inquiry, consider overseas approaches and, if he believed it
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IPA Welcomes Free Speech Review, Time For Universities To Act
9 April 2019

IPA Welcomes Free Speech Review, Time For Universities To Act

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the Government’s independent review into university freedom of speech undertaken by the Hon Mr Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the High Court Chief of Australia. “The review was instigated following concerns raised by the IPA, academics, students, and even some university chancellors, about the state of
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Let’s Not Forfeit Our Own Freedoms In The Rush To Silence Terrorists
29 March 2019

Let’s Not Forfeit Our Own Freedoms In The Rush To Silence Terrorists

American founding father Benjamin Franklin once wrote: “Any society that would give up essential liberty to obtain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” Since September 11, 2001, it’s a trade-off with which we are increasingly familiar. The Christchurch attacks were senseless acts of terror that reverberated around the world, but we need to be wary of knee-jerk
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Attacks On Our Freedoms Should Not Be Met With Further Attacks On Our Freedoms
19 March 2019

Attacks On Our Freedoms Should Not Be Met With Further Attacks On Our Freedoms

The Institute of Public Affairs has today rejected Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposal for more government regulation and control of social media and the internet. “Open-ended calls for censorship of internet content represent an attack on freedom of speech. Such proposals must be strongly opposed,” said Gideon Rozner, Director of Policy at the IPA. “The events in Christchurch last Friday
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Proposed Religious Freedom Laws Are Dangerous And Counter-Productive
13 December 2018

Proposed Religious Freedom Laws Are Dangerous And Counter-Productive

“The Morrison government’s proposed religious discrimination laws will be a ticking time bomb for freedom of belief in Australia,” said Morgan Begg, Research Fellow and author of the Institute of Public Affairs’ submission to the Religious Freedom Review. “You can’t solve the problem of anti-discrimination laws by passing more anti-discrimination laws.” “The only way to protect religious freedom is to
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Free Speech in Decline: IPA Free Speech On Campus Audit 2018
10 December 2018

Free Speech in Decline: IPA Free Speech On Campus Audit 2018

Free expression at Australian universities is slipping even further, according to the Institute of Public Affairs’ Free Speech on Campus Audit 2018. The audit analyses over 190 policies and actions at Australia’s 42 universities. The total Hostility Score across all institutions, which measures the number of policies and actions that limit free speech, has increased by 82 per cent between
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The Young IPA Podcast – Episode 86 with Daniel Wild and Michael Ozias
16 November 2018

The Young IPA Podcast – Episode 86 with Daniel Wild and Michael Ozias

Theresa May has finally united the Leave and Remain camps…against her. The government announces Robert French will lead an inquiry into freedom of speech at universities and we’re hoping it ends in a better place than the Israel embassy move. the Journal of Controversial Ideas makes us lose faith in the state of academic freedom but Dan Crenshaw gives us
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The Heavy Hand Of Free Speech
16 November 2018

The Heavy Hand Of Free Speech

The British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton in a recent speech remarked that modern-day universities are increasingly reverting to the role they played in the Middle Ages. Medieval universities, according to Scruton, studied dogma and were “devoted to identifying and extirpating heresies”. Individuals were sometimes able to express those heresies so that they could be examined in order to be proved wrong,
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