Freedom

With Little Thought To Consequences, Gay Marriage Could Reduce Freedom
18 August 2017

With Little Thought To Consequences, Gay Marriage Could Reduce Freedom

After this country’s politicians eventually work out who is and isn’t entitled to sit in Parliament, hopefully they’ll turn their attention back to more important things – like the plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Despite the seemingly endless discussion about the issue and the cry from advocates for change for politicians to “just do it because it’s popular”, there’s been remarkably little
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The Left’s Exotic Venezuelan Romance Meets Reality
3 August 2017

The Left’s Exotic Venezuelan Romance Meets Reality

In London’s posh South Kensington ‪on Sunday afternoon I witnessed anti and pro-Venezuelan government protests form outside the Venezuelan embassy. On the pro-government side stood British socialists living in a fairyland defending Venezuela’s slide to totalitarianism. On the anti-government side, Venezuelans whose family members are literally starving. British leftists have a long history of supporting the Venezuelan regime. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn once declared
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What Part Of Free Speech Doesn’t Liberty Victoria Understand?
4 May 2017

What Part Of Free Speech Doesn’t Liberty Victoria Understand?

Liberty Victoria’s decision to reward Gillian Triggs with its annual Voltaire Award is a perfect example of the left’s perverse interpretation of freedom of speech. Today, the Victorian “civil liberties” advocacy organisation had this to say about Gillian Triggs, who as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission since 2012 has overseen some of the worst known abuses of section
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Liberals Must Learn From Breitbart
28 April 2017

Liberals Must Learn From Breitbart

Last week when he announced changes to the laws on Australian citizenship and foreign workers, Malcolm Turnbull spoke passionately about “Australian values” and the need to respect our culture and history. It was a long overdue foray from him into the debate about our changing national identity. Unfortunately many on the political left demean that debate by labelling it as
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18c Decision Could Mark The End Of The Beginning For PM Malcolm Turnbull
24 March 2017

18c Decision Could Mark The End Of The Beginning For PM Malcolm Turnbull

We might soon be approaching the end of the beginning of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership. A harsh critic of his government might argue that since the federal election in July last year the government has meandered through policy and lacked a clear definition of its purpose. If the leader doesn’t know, or doesn’t explain what they stand for, voters can’t
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Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech
14 March 2017

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

“The only proposal the Federal Cabinet should consider is the full repeal of 18C,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. “Tinkering with the administrative processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission are mere window dressing.” “The suggestion that the debate about freedom of speech in Australia could be ‘put
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Bill Leak’s final speech
11 March 2017

Bill Leak’s final speech

Bill Leak wrote his last public speech for the launch of his new book, Trigger Warning, which he delivered at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney on Wednesday night. Here’s an excerpt below: Ladies and gentlemen, I know it’s International Women’s Day, so first I must apologise for not being a woman. It’s particularly regrettable that I’m not a
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Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed
3 March 2017

Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will be repealed. It won’t happen today, and it may not happen in this term of parliament. But section 18C has become such an iconic issue for such a broad group of Australians that its continuing presence on the statute books is utterly unsustainable – and calls to ignore section 18C and the
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Demand Remains For Free Speech
2 March 2017

Demand Remains For Free Speech

It is disappointing that the parliamentary committee charged with looking into one of Australia’s most insidious anti-free speech laws has failed to recommend its repeal. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights tabled its final report on Tuesday following its inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia. Specifically, the committee was asked to assess the operation of section 18C of
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New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws
24 February 2017

New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws

“The fundamental legal rights of all Australians are being persistently eroded under federal laws,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA’s report entitled Legal Rights Audit 2016, authored by Mr Breheny and IPA Research Fellow Morgan Begg, was featured in The Australian this morning. It revealed that the legal rights
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