freedom of speech

Now it’s ScoMo’s Ministry of Truth
2 April 2022

Now it’s ScoMo’s Ministry of Truth

Why are the Liberals silencing free speech? The Morrison government’s plans to give regulators new powers to crack down on online speech is an authoritarian and dangerous policy that could just as easily have come from a Labor/Greens government. Communications Minister Paul Fletcher recently announced the federal government will be rubber stamping a request from the Australian Communications and Media
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We Must Protect The Australian Way Of Life
30 March 2022

We Must Protect The Australian Way Of Life

The damage done to the American psyche through unrelenting attacks on its core values. For Australia, it is a cautionary tale. Our way of life has faced some serious challenges over the past year. For a long time, for many of us, it changed. And so this discussion is as pertinent as it is important. I suppose you must start
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Morrison’s Proposed Ministry Of Truth Is Authoritarian And Dangerous
22 March 2022

Morrison’s Proposed Ministry Of Truth Is Authoritarian And Dangerous

Plans by the Morrison Government to give more power to bureaucrats at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to act against ‘big tech’ on misinformation and disinformation are a draconian threat to the free speech of every Australian, the Institute of Public Affairs has warned. “This is Scott Morrison’s Finkelstein moment. In the same way Julia Gillard and Stephen
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More To Be Done To Protect People Of Faith
18 February 2022

More To Be Done To Protect People Of Faith

In the same way former Attorney- General George Brandis caused freedom of speech to be redefined as “the right to be a bigot”, so too has the Prime Minister derailed his religious freedom agenda by allowing it to be rebranded “the right to discriminate”. Even if the Morrison government had not withdrawn its religious antidiscrimination legislation from parliament altogether last
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It’s Hard To Write Rules About Religion
18 November 2021

It’s Hard To Write Rules About Religion

At the last federal election, Labor’s policies were nothing if not ambitious and bold. And with the benefit of hindsight, foolhardy. As one Labor MP subsequently put it, “we made ourselves so big a target you could see us from the moon”. For next year’s election, Labor is going to try something different as it goes from one extreme to
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Craig Kelly: Cancel Culture Has Now Come To The Government’s Backbenches
24 February 2021

Craig Kelly: Cancel Culture Has Now Come To The Government’s Backbenches

That Craig Kelly does not believe he can speak “frankly” and “fearlessly” on important public policy matters such as the government’s health response to the coronavirus from the government benches should concern everyone who values freedom and democracy.  Rather than defending liberal democratic values such as freedom of speech and open debate, Morrison saw advantage in telling Parliament earlier this month that
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Beware The Anti-Trump Tyrants
15 January 2021

Beware The Anti-Trump Tyrants

The year recently ended revealed that the authoritarian impulse is never very far from the surface. It may lay dormant for a time but it never goes away. Here in Australia, and indeed around the world, their response to COVID-19 revealed politicians and bureaucrats eager to grasp every opportunity to take control of other people’s lives. When presented with a
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Looking Forward Episode 75: Just the Ticket for Biden?
12 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 75: Just the Ticket for Biden?

Joe Biden has decided Kamala Harris is to be his pick as vice president based on the fact she is an African-American woman. Should identity politics have a place in the presidential campaign, or should people of power be chosen rather on merit? (3:27-25:20). Dan Tehan has announced a review into Robert French’s freedom of speech on campus model. Should
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Ridd Case: IPA Welcomes Historic High Court Appeal
29 July 2020

Ridd Case: IPA Welcomes Historic High Court Appeal

The Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the announcement that Dr Peter Ridd will appeal the judgement in the case of James Cook University (JCU) v Peter Ridd to the High Court of Australia. Dr Ridd is seeking to reverse the 2-1 decision of the Federal Court of Australia, which overturned the earlier decision in the Federal Circuit Court, which
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University O-Week Censors Excel Themselves
14 March 2020

University O-Week Censors Excel Themselves

“Free speech crisis? What crisis?” Uttered in freaky unison, this frequen­t denial from university vice-chancellors has allowed them to resume normal programming. That consists of VCs putting their heads in the sand rather than confronting those trying to nobble intellectual diversity on campus. It includes VCs sending long emails about how proud they are of their diversity programs, with no
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