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Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets
13 December 2016

Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The conference, attended by “delegates” often elected by less than five percent of the student population, is dominated by a mixture of Labor factions, and further left independents such as the Grassroots left and Socialist Alternative. It is
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Albrechtsen On The “Cult Of Taking Offence”
2 November 2016

Albrechtsen On The “Cult Of Taking Offence”

Janet Albrechtsen had an excellent article in The Australian today on the dangerous “cult of taking offence” ($) stifling free expression in the West: To be sure, America is the home of the modern-day propensity to find offence. If this was a cult called Scientology, progressives would be carefully deconstructing its concerning presence in modernity. But the cult of taking offence
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Dead To History
7 September 2016

Dead To History

A movement to censor our history is forming at Australian universities. Students and academics are campaigning for buildings and lecture halls to be renamed because of their association with ‘offensive’ historical figures. They no longer feel comfortable confronting, or even acknowledging, the past- instead, they want to expunge it altogether. Their first target is the renaming of the Richard Berry
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WARNING: This Article Contains Ideas That Offend
19 August 2016

WARNING: This Article Contains Ideas That Offend

Trigger warnings-alerts before content that could cause emotional discomfort-are an attack on intellectual freedom. The warnings change understanding, damage student mental health, and contradict the entire purpose of higher education: to challenge, not coddle, students. Following the concerning American trend, trigger warnings have quietly crept into Australian universities in recent years. They have become replete across student publications and organisations,
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Time To Act: Curbs On Free Speech Must Go
19 August 2016

Time To Act: Curbs On Free Speech Must Go

A free speech revolution is just over the horizon. Several recent events are demonstrating that Australians are sick and tired of a political class that gets to decide the limits of public debate and restrict the free flow of ideas. Such a system is anti-democratic, and it is being rejected. Three key events are shaping the debate on freedom of
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How 18C Is Corrupting Our Legal Rights
16 June 2016

How 18C Is Corrupting Our Legal Rights

Everyone knows s18C diminishes the right to freedom of speech, but what people don’t know is that 18C also diminishes the right to a fair trial. The IPA’s Simon Breheny explains how a Facebook post by a QUT student turned into a three year legal saga. Written and Produced by James Bolt Directed by Saul Muscatel
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Free Speech On  Campus Audit 2016
1 May 2016

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2016

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of university free speech. Each Australian university has been assigned a red, amber, or green speech ranking, based upon their policies and past actions.
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The End Of History…
17 July 2015

The End Of History…

Undergraduate history degrees in Australia fail to teach fundamental aspects of Australia’s history and how Australian liberal democracy came to be. Instead, they offer a range of disconnected subjects on narrow themes and issues—focusing on imperialism, popular culture, film studies, and ethnic/race history. This report contains the results of a systematic review of the 739 history subjects offered across 34
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