freedom of speech

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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University regulator backs down on free intellectual inquiry attack
31 May 2017

University regulator backs down on free intellectual inquiry attack

Australia’s university regulator has backed down on a major attack on campus intellectual freedom, following public scrutiny by the Institute of Public Affairs. In October last year the Territory Education Quality and Standard Agency quietly released a draft Guidance Note on ‘Diversity and Equity’. The original note conflated equivalent opportunity with ‘creating the conditions for equity of outcomes’, re-defined social
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18c: Not Perfect, But A Pretty Good Start
22 March 2017

18c: Not Perfect, But A Pretty Good Start

The Turnbull government’s proposed changes to section 18c don’t go all the way, but they’re a pretty good start. Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis announced that section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act would be amended so that it is no longer unlawful to ‘offend’, ‘insult’ or ‘humiliate’ another person because of their race. In their
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Brendan O’Neill in conversation with Simon Breheny
3 September 2016

Brendan O’Neill in conversation with Simon Breheny

Brendan O’Neill joins Simon Breheny to discuss QUT, Section 18C and the importance of free speech.
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