Topic archives: free speech

Is this the most repressive government in our history?

February 2, 2018 33

The controversy over its foreign donation and foreign interference proposals confirms that this "Liberal" government is the most authoritarian in decades.

Razer: easily flattered journos lap up Bret Stephens’ free speech, free market dross

September 28, 2017 11

Last Saturday, US journalist Bret Stephens brought his blandishments to local media in a nice American accent. Helen Razer was not impressed.

Rundle: schoolyard reactionaries cheapen free speech

September 20, 2017 10

More tired attacks on universities and cheap tit-for-tat undermine the integrity of free speech in Australia.

Razer on Greenwald: journalism should be incisive, not amiable

August 21, 2017 13

Helen Razer sits down with Glenn Greenwald to reflect upon the role of journalism, and resistance, in an era where writing is often seen as an exercise in branding.

Matthewson: don’t give homophobes a platform in marriage ‘debate’

August 11, 2017 9

If you wouldn’t uncritically air the views of anti-vaxxers or climate change conspiracists, you should avoid lending credibility to those who would demonise gays or reframe marriage equality as an attack on free speech.

Public servant social media policy unenforceable, possibly unconstitutional

August 7, 2017 5

The new Turnbull government social media policy has been criticised as an attack of freedom of speech. But does it breach the constituion?

Helen Razer will not be silenced

July 18, 2017 19

Just because people say you are wrong does not mean you are right.

Abbott takes on Western civilisation, loses

May 4, 2017 26

If Tony Abbott and the free speech crowd really believe free speech is the primary human right, then let's see them do something serious to protect it.

Abdel-Magied Anzac furore indicates a dark turn in the culture wars

May 3, 2017 12

The trouble is that these contentless outrages are lit up in a society whose main problem now is a lack of shared meaning.

Press freedom is under attack, while ‘free speech champions’ twiddle their thumbs

May 3, 2017

The champions of press freedom need to do more than cloak themselves in glib phrases, writes MEAA CEO Paul Murphy.

It’s complicated: George Christensen’s on-again-off-again relationship with freedom of speech

April 27, 2017 7

Free speech is amazing, unless it's a greenie protest, then it's terrorism.

Gambling restrictions are an assault on free speech

April 21, 2017 42

If gambling advertising is so unpopular, then consumers should vote with their feet. Nanny state regulations are just another assault on free speech.

Only certain outlets good enough for Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s free speech

April 5, 2017 4

So far, Hirsi Ali has only spoken with a handful of outlets, despite the wide coverage the story has received.

Rundle: the death of the 18C debate (and why this is all Andrew Bolt’s fault)

March 31, 2017 22

Does Malcolm Turnbull actually want to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act? Who the hell knows anymore.

Why has murder advocate ‘Cat Stevens’ been allowed into Australia?

March 28, 2017 36

Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens once called for Salman Rushdie to be murdered. If other advocates of violence are barred from entering Australia, why isn't he?

What 18C is, and isn’t, about (and it’s not free speech)

March 21, 2017 33

Section 18C is a problematic section of the Racial Discrimination Act -- but changing it has little to do with free speech and everything to do with the sense of grievance of powerful white people.

CEOs splash in the shallow pool of Australian free speech

March 20, 2017 18

Australians are poor at respecting the right of their opponents to free speech -- on all sides.

Guess whose son just got his own podcast …

March 9, 2017 2

The Young IPA podcast released its first episode on Tuesday, hosted by digital communications manager James Bolt and research fellow Peter Gregor.

Rundle: as Trump brings an anti-Semite into the White House, 18C review is DOA

November 18, 2016 5

The Coalition is not going to win an election with this free speech thing, but they could sure as hell lose one.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

November 14, 2016 1

Free speech inquiry all about 18C ... ScoMo in hospital ... Alexander Downer and the founding of Australia ...