freedom of speech

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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University Regulator TEQSA Has Lost Its Way On Political Matters
29 June 2018

University Regulator TEQSA Has Lost Its Way On Political Matters

Australia’s university regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, is not only failing to protect free intellectual inquiry but its ideologically driven interventions are part of the problem. Australia’s universities are facing a serious reputational crisis. The more universities become aligned with a single line of political thought, the more the community will wonder, rightly, why billions of taxpayer
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Censure Of Professor Peter Ridd Over Comments Of Scientific Integrity A Troubling Development
15 February 2018

Censure Of Professor Peter Ridd Over Comments Of Scientific Integrity A Troubling Development

Academic freedom is one of the core values of our ­society, which is why the case of Professor Peter Ridd is so troubling. The attack on Professor Peter Ridd’s academic freedom to discuss scientific integrity may very well mark the end of the Enlightenment at one of Australia’s universities. Ridd has been issued a “Final Censure” by James Cook University
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The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
14 February 2018

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017

Our new research brief explains why the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to funding and disclosure provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act would threaten freedom of speech and civil society. The legislation is drafted extremely widely, and will potentially apply to a range of civic organisations that have no involvement in the political process other than expressing views on public policy
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Turnbull’s 18C On Steroids
9 February 2018

Turnbull’s 18C On Steroids

Rahm Emmanuel, one-time Chief of Staff in the Obama Administration, once said: ‘You never let a serious crisis go to waste… It’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.’ It would seem that the Turnbull government is using the perceived crisis of ‘foreign influence’ in our political system to tweak federal electoral regulations in its
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Professor Peter Ridd Standing Up For Scientific Integrity Against James Cook University
1 February 2018

Professor Peter Ridd Standing Up For Scientific Integrity Against James Cook University

James Cook University is threatening scientific integrity by seeking to censor one of its academic staff members, Professor Peter Ridd, according to John Roskam, the Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. “The university should not be attempting to silence the scientific debate about the impact of climate change.  Professor Ridd is a world expert on the Great Barrier
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