As it stands, many are calling for Fraser Anning to be kicked out of parliament. However, if we want to be inclusive, we mustn’t use our political powers to do it.
Recently, Rowan Atkinson gave a speech defending ‘the right to offend’. He’s missed the point.
With Alex Jones run out of town and Blair Cottrell kicked off Sky News, it seems a golden week. However, just as it went with 18C, no meaningful battle has been won.
We’re living through a golden age of satire. But it’s not causing as much change as we think.
Tommy Robinson, an avatar for the centre-right sits in jail. The furore surrounding his incarceration has a significant political tone. This is dangerous.
There seems to be a general misunderstanding about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit. It has nothing to do with free speech.
The attack on Andrew Bolt highlights the nature of discourse in this country, and no amount of sparkle can distract from it.
The cancellation of Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s tour was viewed as a win on both sides of the free speech argument. However, those who cheered on the news are making a fatal miscalculation.
On the road, I work to the sound of arguments. However, since 18C reared its head again, the discussion has turned louder, and more extreme.
Current attitudes are evidence of Australia’s historically sour relationship with the right to freedom of speech. It is high time this relationship was mended.
After a spate of artists being denied entry to Australia, Troy Maguire speaks to contentious “rap” duo Julien Blanc and Daryush Valizadeh.
Brutality and the suppression of free speech are the order of the day in Michael Burrill’s weekly current affairs wrap – whether it be in Texas, the Middle East or care of our very own asylum seekers policy.
Today, TBS gives writer, comedian and TBS regular Xavier Toby some “freedom of speech” as we kick off the start of a regular, bi-monthly column on “The most Australian thing to happen this week (imho)”…
Musing on the idea of free speech, Ash Imani finds the natural equilibrium of public expression bloody hard…but worth it.
There are no parallels between Sherri Tenpenny’s anti-vax talks being cancelled and the Charlie Hebdo massacre – it’s not free speech, proclaims Jack Howes, it’s snake-oil selling.
Michael Burrill returns for this week’s Current Affairs Wrap, bringing us Tony Abbott in Baghdad, Charlie Hebdo, Nauru and unemployment.
The current brouhaha between the ABC and the Abbott government is a smokescreen about the right to free speech, and Corey Farrell is speaking up about it…