Topic archives: freedom of speech

Yale Diaries: Michelle Obama, football and the limits of silence

October 18, 2017 3

A recent conversation between Michelle Obama and Roxane Gay illustrates that the idea we can "stay out" of politics is a false one, writes our Yale correspondent, freelance writer Emma Shortis.

Secret documents reveal the No campaign’s strategy to manipulate you

September 11, 2017 49

Step 1: talk about freedom. Step 2: talk about the children. Step 3: mention the 260 genders that will result from a Yes vote.

Freedom of religion is not the right to dictate others’ lives

August 21, 2017 23

Tony Abbott, in his clarion call, said vote No for religious freedom and freedom of speech. Michael Bradley explores how Abbott's invocation of freedom relies on trampling over the freedoms of others.

Incarceration of speech: denying the right to protest in Australia

May 10, 2017 3

Bob Brown is challenging the constitutional validity of Tasmania's protest laws -- a subject the guardians of free speech in parliament and the media have had little say about.

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.

As Triggs faces QUT 18C grilling, stats show improvement

February 17, 2017 1

The Australian Human Rights Commission is resolving complaints before they get to court at a record rate, according to the commission.

Just what should be said that can’t be said under 18C?

February 7, 2017 1

Ask those who want to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act: just what is it you want to say, exactly?

The wildest and wackiest submissions to the 18C inquiry

January 9, 2017

From mankind’s divine freedom of speech to the Australian Human Rights Commission being a "get rich scheme for protected minorities", there are some eye-watering submissions to the 18C inquiry. Crikey intern Liam Apter rounds up the best.

Yet more calls for internet filtering

November 21, 2016

New South Wales parliament committee calls for the federal government to implement UK-style internet filtering.

IPA starts them young

September 6, 2016

The freedom-loving think tank is taking its subversive message to children in a slippery slope of freedom of speech.