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Free speech is one of the bulwarks of individual liberty. Australians should have the right to express a viewpoint without fearing they will be dragged in front of a judge or jury. But free speech is under threat. New "rights" like the "right not to be offended" are supplanting the basic right to free expression. And governments unhappy with political criticism are increasingly seeking to regulate what they view as a hostile media.

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What Part Of Free Speech Does Not Liberty Victoria Understand?

Freedom of Speech | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 4th May, 2017

Liberty Victoria's decision to reward Gillian Triggs with its annual Voltaire Award is a perfect example of the left's perverse interpretation of...

18c decision could mark the end of the beginning for PM Malcolm Turnbull

Freedom of Speech | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 24th March, 2017

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...

18c: Not Perfect, But A Pretty Good Start

Freedom of Speech | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 22nd March, 2017

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...

Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Australian 3rd March, 2017

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will be repealed.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...

Demand Remains For Free Speech

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 2nd March, 2017

It is disappointing that the parliamentary committee charged with looking into one of Australia's most insidious anti-free speech laws has failed...

Fake News Meets 18C

Freedom of Speech | Morgan Begg
The Spectator Australia 1st March, 2017

Earlier this month Professor Andrew Jakubowitz of the taxpayer-created Cyber Racism and Community Resilience Research Group attempted to debunk a...

Publications

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

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"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...

IPA Welcomes substantial changes to 18C

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"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,...

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"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...