Liberty

Coalition Must Take Commitment To Freedom Of Speech To The Next Election
30 March 2017

Coalition Must Take Commitment To Freedom Of Speech To The Next Election

“The Coalition government must take its commitment to reform section 18C to the next election,” said Simon Breheny, director of policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Coalition government’s Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 today failed to pass the senate in full, with Australian Labor Party, Australian Greens, Nick Xenophon Team and Jacquie
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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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IPA Welcomes Substantial Changes To 18C
21 March 2017

IPA Welcomes Substantial Changes To 18C

“The IPA welcomes the Turnbull Government’s commitment to make substantial legislative changes section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act,” according to John Roskam, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. As reported last night, the Turnbull Government is proposing to replace the words “offend” and “insult” in section 18C with the word “harass”. “This is an important step towards
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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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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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Legal Rights Audit 2016
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2016

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2016. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2016, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014.1 The IPA’s 2014 report The
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Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced
17 February 2017

Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced

Australia’s race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free speech restrictions in place to protect liberal values. The debate over section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is heating up ahead of a parliamentary committee report into the law due to be released later this month. Soutphommasane
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IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option
13 February 2017

IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech. Reports in The Australian today suggest that members of the Turnbull government are considering
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In Government, Less Is So Much More
27 January 2017

In Government, Less Is So Much More

According to the results of an international opinion poll released a few days ago, there’s an “implosion of trust” around the world. The findings of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveal just 37 per cent of Australians trust the government. The comparable figure in the United States is 47 per cent, and 36 per cent in the UK. Despite all
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