freedom of speech

To The Victim, Belong The Spoils Of (This) Law
6 March 2020

To The Victim, Belong The Spoils Of (This) Law

The government’s proposed religious discrimination bill puts the shoe on the other foot, and now the activists who championed every other discrimination law are bemoaning the “divisiveness” of this one. It is divisive, but so is all discrimination law. The public consultation period for the second draft of the religious discrimination bill, which prohibits discrimination based on someone’s beliefs (or
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Defang Bureaucrats So They Can’t Be Used As Political Pawns
6 February 2020

Defang Bureaucrats So They Can’t Be Used As Political Pawns

The revelations about how former prime minister Tony Abbott and other conservative activists were pursued by the federal Attorney-General­’s Department at the behest­ of Labor legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus represents a failure of our democracy and the rule of law. A Freedom of Information request­ lodged by the Institute of Public Affairs uncovered further details about how the organiser
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Christian Porter’s Defamation Reform Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake
26 November 2019

Christian Porter’s Defamation Reform Would Be A Catastrophic Mistake

Attorney-General Christian Porter wants social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to be legally liable for defamatory comments made by their users. Right now, the common law can distinguish between the legal liability of active publishers of information (like newspapers and broadcasters) and the passive platform operators that allow users to publish information themselves. Courts decide where this distinction is
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IPA Cautions Against Flawed Religious Freedom Laws
15 November 2019

IPA Cautions Against Flawed Religious Freedom Laws

The Institute of Public Affairs has today released a new report, Religious Liberty and Its Challenges In Australia Today: A Report into the Federal Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, authored by IPA Director of Research Daniel Wild, and Research Fellow Morgan Begg. IPA Executive Director John Roskam said, “The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 will blur the distinction between church
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This Foolish Act Must Be Repealed At Once
6 November 2019

This Foolish Act Must Be Repealed At Once

Bureaucrats are using Australia’s foreign-influence laws to run a covert political operation out of the Attorney-General’s Department to silence Australians becaus­e of their political beliefs, all under the nose of the Coalition government. This is the kind of behaviour one would expect from the Stasi in East Germany in 1961, not in Australia­ today. On Saturday, The Weekend Australian reported that Andrew
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Australian Values And The Enduring Importance Of The Nation-State
18 October 2019

Australian Values And The Enduring Importance Of The Nation-State

The preparation of Australian values and the enduring importance of the nation-state is motivated by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy. This inquiry’s remit is broad and ranges from changing notions of nationhood, declining public trust in Australia’s major political institutions, and the impact of globalisation and economic interdependence on the nation
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Freedom Is Not A Government Gift
16 October 2019

Freedom Is Not A Government Gift

There is a freedom of religion problem in Australia because there is a freedom of speech problem. The Coalition government has failed to refute the notion that freedom of speech is a positive right granted by government as the right to discriminate. Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, for example, makes it unlawful for a person to engage in
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New Research Confirms Free Speech Crisis At Australia’s Universities
31 August 2019

New Research Confirms Free Speech Crisis At Australia’s Universities

 New IPA research, conducted as part of the IPA’s Generation Liberty Program, confirms there is a free speech crisis at Australia’s universities. The IPA commissioned a survey of 500 domestic Australian university students as part of a forthcoming report, The Free Speech Crisis at Australia’s Universities. The survey, conducted by independent market research company Dynata, includes students of all
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Free Speech Crisis At Australia’s Universities Confirmed By New Research
31 August 2019

Free Speech Crisis At Australia’s Universities Confirmed By New Research

New research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs confirms there is a free speech crisis at Australia’s universities. A survey of 500 domestic Australian university students, commissioned by the IPA from independent market research company, Dynata reveals: 41% of students feel they are sometimes unable to express their opinion at university 31% of students
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Religious Discrimination Bill Has Many Problems And Could Be A Risk To Religious Freedom
29 August 2019

Religious Discrimination Bill Has Many Problems And Could Be A Risk To Religious Freedom

“The federal government’s plan to prohibit religious discrimination is a welcome start, but more work is needed to avoid counter-productive and unintended consequences which may limit rather than strengthen religious freedom,” said Morgan Begg, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Attorney-General Christian Porter this morning released the exposure draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill
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