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Freedom of expression and the ban on Arabic in NSW prisons – analysing Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services [2020] NSWSC 414

Communications regulation Prison administration Multiculturalism State governments Surveillance New South Wales

The NSW Supreme Court’s judgment in Hamzy v Commissioner of Corrective Services, handed down in April 2020, upholds the legality of NSW’s English-only rules on communication by 'extreme high risk restricted' (EHRR) inmates. It provides a rare insight into Australian judicial thinking about freedom of expression, racial and linguistic discrimination and what it means, legally, for English to be determined to be our “de facto” national language.

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