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Encroachments on freedoms - the ALRC freedoms inquiry

10 Nov 2016

Professor Rosalind Croucher addresses the NSW Bar Association on her work on the ALRC’s Report on Traditional Rights and Freedoms, which was completed late last year and coincided with the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the first iteration of what became known as the Magna Carta.

Freedom of speech was one of numerous issues examined in the inquiry, including further examination of section 18C and harmonisation of Commonwealth, State and territory laws.

While the provision may be broader than required under article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and may be vulnerable to a High Court challenge in some respects, the ALRC found that there are also serious questions about whether current laws provide adequate protection against more serious hate speech.


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