Speech matters: Freedom of speech in Australia

Gelber, Kath (2010). Speech matters: Freedom of speech in Australia. In: Legal Intersections Research Centre Seminar 2010 program. Legal Intersections Research Centre Seminar 2010, Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia, (). 31 March 2010.

Author Gelber, Kath
Title of paper Speech matters: Freedom of speech in Australia
Conference name Legal Intersections Research Centre Seminar 2010
Conference location Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia
Conference dates 31 March 2010
Proceedings title Legal Intersections Research Centre Seminar 2010 program
Place of Publication Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher University of Wollongong
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Other
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Freedom of speech is a vital democratic freedom. It is also a freedom that most Australians take for granted, believing that freedom of speech is important and that it exists. Yet when you scratch the surface, this broad consensus on freedom of speech fractures, demonstrating that Australians are not as comfortable with it as they profess to be. From the burning of the national flag to preventing political protests to censoring artworks, we consistently show a willingness to tramp on this vital human right. The prevailing Australian political culture on freedom of speech is hostile to aberrant speech, and is quick to concede speech restrictions that are not legitimate or justified.
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Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
 
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