Tag Archives: freedom of speech

What constitutes offensive protest?

For weeks – possibly more – in Australia I’d watched the visceral discussion being had in the United States over various protests around the seemingly senseless and racially biased killings of black Americans by law enforcement. There’s been a lot already said on this, and recently while I was in the United States I attended a presentation… Read More »

LNP notions of "Freedom of speech" are laughable, not laudable

Today the media made much brouhaha over a speech given by Tony Abbott to the Institute of Public Affairs relating to freedom of speech in Australia. Tony, you see, wants to remove section 18C of the Racial Discrimination act, which, to quote Tony: “Prohibits statements that ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate’ another person or a… Read More »

Liberty and equality

The great French thinker, Voltaire, is famously quoted as saying: “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This has shaped a great deal of Western democracies, either directly or subtly, and it undoubtedly has its place. But it’s time to revisit the notion that… Read More »