Campaign reading. Among a largely predictable and boring lot of election stories this morning, Dennis Shanahan and Paul Kelly provide one highlight. "Abbott to champion freedom of speech" records Tony Abbott telling the pair in an interview that he plans to roll back Labor's laws that limit free speech on the basis of not "giving offence", defend religious freedom and reform the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Opposition Leader said that, if elected, he would work with his attorney-general, George Brandis, to require the commission to champion, instead of restrict, the right of free speech in Australia.
"This would involve amending the Racial Discrimination Act, which prohibits remarks that offend others on grounds of race or ethnicity. This was the provision used to prosecute newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt.