Freedom of speech and a bill of rights

Gelber, Katharine (2009) Freedom of speech and a bill of rights. Australian Review of Public Affairs: Digest, .

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Author Gelber, Katharine
Title Freedom of speech and a bill of rights
Journal name Australian Review of Public Affairs: Digest   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1832-1526
Publication date 2009-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Total pages 5
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher University of Sydney
Language eng
Subject 940201 Civics and Citizenship
940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
160601 Australian Government and Politics
180114 Human Rights Law
Abstract In Australia recent developments in anti-terrorism laws have demonstrated the fragility of the protection of freedom of speech here. This fragility is of concern since the protections that are afforded freedom of speech have been described as relatively weak (Chesterman 2000; Gelber 2005). Despite a common law tradition valuing free speech, and in the absence of an express constitutional or federal statutory right to free speech, it is clear that at the coalface of political disputes free speech does not often fare well. Freedom of speech is a crucial issue in the national human rights debate in Australia. My focus here is speech-restricting measures that have been introduced in the context of anti-terrorism laws, as a case study to examine this proposition.
Keyword Freedom of speech
Human rights
Australian politics
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
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Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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Created: Thu, 22 Sep 2011, 10:57:20 EST by Dr Katharine Gelber on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies