Freedom of speech

Report

9 Dec 2017

This audit recommends that Australia’s universities abolish speech codes that limit free speech; introduce policies that protect intellectual freedom, as mandated by legislation; and commit to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.

Report

15 Nov 2017

This Interim Report focuses on the legal framework in Australia and its effectiveness in protecting religious freedom, drawing on the evidence received in the public hearings and in relevant submissions. The SubCommittee takes the view that it would be most appropriate to review and report...

Audio

14 Nov 2017

New Zealand and Australia need tougher laws against China's political influence pedalling.

Audio interview

13 Nov 2017

Publisher Allen & Unwin has dropped a book by a prominent academic on China's expanding 'soft' influence in Australia, due to 'unspecified threats.'

Briefing paper

6 Nov 2017

This e-brief discusses the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania and its implications for protest law in NSW.

Commentary

26 Oct 2017

Tony Blackshield looks at what the High Court’s recent decision in the Lapoinya Forest case can tell us about its evolving attitude to free speech?

Audio

16 Oct 2017

Julie Bishop has issued a blunt warning to Chinese University students affiliated with the Communist Party, urging them to respect freedom of speech in Australia.

Commentary

16 Aug 2017

Let’s face it, the only way to live in dignity, inside this depraved society we inhabit, is to resist. That being so, to go to prison is really nothing more than to maintain simple human dignity, it’s really nothing to brag about.— Liu Xiaobo, “Letter...

Audio

7 Aug 2017

Unions and civil liberties groups have described the federal government's new social media policy for public servants as reprehensible and absurd.

Report

5 Jun 2017

This report argues that Australian governments must act now to safeguard and encourage vibrant debate on matters of public interest.

Audio podcast

12 May 2017

The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest has become a symbolic battleground between liberal internationalism and a rising tide of populist nationalism.

Its future is under threat after the Hungarian government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, announced new higher education laws, which the...

Commentary

4 May 2017

A visitor to this country over the past week might wonder where, or in what year, he or she has landed. It’s now nine sleeps since ANZAC Day 2017, and hundreds of articles and hours of rolling outrage have been expended on a few words...

Video

2 May 2017

The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Meanwhile, almost...

Video

1 May 2017

More than two centuries into the American experiment, there is still vigorous disagreement about the reasons for protecting speech, and about whether we protect it enough, or too much. Technological change is transforming this debate because it is transforming the way we communicate. On May...

Website

1 May 2017

This website contains hundreds of news articles, videos, analysis and in-depth reports on the right of artists to freedom of expression, as well as with issues relating to human rights and artistic freedoms generally.

Report

29 Mar 2017

Many experts fear uncivil and manipulative behaviors on the internet will persist – and may get worse. This will lead to a splintering of social media into AI-patrolled and regulated ‘safe spaces’ separated from free-for-all zones. Some worry this will hurt the open exchange of...

Report

28 Feb 2017

On 8 November 2016, pursuant to the section 7(c) of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 , the Attorney-General referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights the following matters for inquiry and report:

whether the operation of Part IIA of the...

Audio interview

31 Jan 2017

Those who support watering down the anti-hate laws in the Racial Discriminaton Act have received a boost this morning.

Polling commissioned by conservative think tank the Institute of Public Affairs shows that almost one in two people support removing the words 'insult' and 'offend'...

Report

Populists and autocrats: the dual threat to global democracy
16 Jan 2017

In 2016, populist and nationalist political forces made astonishing gains in democratic states, while authoritarian powers engaged in brazen acts of aggression, and grave atrocities went unanswered in war zones across two continents.

Presentation

5 Dec 2016

Abstract

Religious liberty is central to the Australian way of life. It is enshrined in the Australian Constitution. But it is not the only freedom that matters. There is a rising tension between accommodating differing freedoms in 21st century Australia. The changing face...

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