freedom of speech

Costly Clamps On Free Speech
3 July 2019

Costly Clamps On Free Speech

Australian university leaders and their supporters have asserted repeatedly that there is no problem with free speech on campuses. The evidence hardly supports this. If there were no problem, James Cook University would not have unlawfully sacked Peter Ridd for criticising his colleagues’ science about the Great Barrier Reef. If there were no problem, students would not have attempted to
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Legislating Free Speech
28 June 2019

Legislating Free Speech

What is happening to Israel Folau should not happen in a free society. GoFundMe’s hypocritical decision to shut down a fundraiser for rugby star and devout Christian Israel Folau is another win for the self-appointed cosmopolitan elite who want to control how Australians speak and think. Last Monday, GoFundMe, a website which allows users to solicit donations for a variety
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The Public’s Fury At Being Told What To Do And Think Has Exploded With The Folau Fiasco
27 June 2019

The Public’s Fury At Being Told What To Do And Think Has Exploded With The Folau Fiasco

Trust the perennially sanctimonious Kerryn Phelps to capture in a couple of sentences why the Israel Folau saga has resonated with so many. The one-time MP took to Twitter on Tuesday to share her thoughts on the matter. ‘The haters and homophobes have been waiting since the YES vote for a trigger to set off a “religious freedoms” campaign as
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Inquiry Into Press Freedom Must Include Freedom Of Speech For All Australians
12 June 2019

Inquiry Into Press Freedom Must Include Freedom Of Speech For All Australians

“An inquiry into press freedom must include laws which infringe on the freedom of speech of all Australians, such as Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act,” said Gideon Rozner, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Institute of Public Affairs today announced its support for an independent inquiry into press freedom, in response
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Galileo Wins Court Case
26 April 2019

Galileo Wins Court Case

‘Vindicated. The score is 17-nil, the judge’s findings were damning. It could not have gone better,’ Professor Peter Ridd explains shortly after the historic judgement in Ridd v. James Cook University was handed down in Brisbane last week. This was a momentous occasion. It came 1,082 days after this whole ordeal began when Ridd was first unlawfully censured by the university for
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The Outrage Mob Is Out To Get Folau
12 April 2019

The Outrage Mob Is Out To Get Folau

The outrage mob is out in force following rugby star Israel Folau’s latest social media comments. The mob wants to more than disagree with Folau’s opinion, as is our right in a free society. It wants to ban him from expressing it, which is totalitarian. On Wednesday, a Rugby Australia spokesman branded Folau’s comments about sexuality and religion “unacceptable”, and
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Australians And Their Original Sin
25 January 2019

Australians And Their Original Sin

In his book The Strange Death of Europe – Immigration, Identity, and Islam the British writer Douglas Murray compares the attitude many Australians have about their country’s history to that of the Europeans. “Whereas for contemporary Europeans, colonialism is just one of our middle-ranking, midway sins, for Australians, colonialism has become the nation’s founding, original sin. And not because like European nations
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Universities Want To Have Their Cake – And Censor It
18 December 2018

Universities Want To Have Their Cake – And Censor It

Universities have entered a bargain with the devil. Universities accept significant state direction in exchange for privileges and funding. Universities are a regulated oligopoly. They have a range of privileges, including the exclusive power to award degrees, barriers to entry for competitors, and generous funding. Higher education-related government expenditure reached $13.86 billion in 2017–18, a figure that has grown substantially
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A Chance For Universities To Think Again
15 November 2018

A Chance For Universities To Think Again

Free speech is fundamental to what it means to be a university. It is fundamental to undertaking researc­h and ensuring students can grow intellectually. The government’s announcement that former chief justice Robert French will lead an inquiry into freedom of speech at universities is welcome and important. Australia’s universities should embrace the opportunity to ­review and improve their policies and
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Time To Axe Destructive Anti-Discrimination Laws
12 July 2018

Time To Axe Destructive Anti-Discrimination Laws

The recent case of a Sydney barber demonstrates the pressing need to dismantle the growing anti-discrimination regime that threatens our livelihood and our freedom. The barber at the heart of this latest controversy is a young man by the name of Sam Rahim. Sam is married to Ronda, and he has two very cute little boys named Kiyan and Boston.
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