Interesting article by Nicola Berkovic in the Weekend Australian today, featuring recent instances of anti-discrimination laws being used to chill speech across Australia. It is well worth reading ($).
My colleague Simon Breheny was also quoted in relation to the Arhcbishop Porteous case in Tasmania:
The IPA’s Simon Breheny believes section 17 of Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act sets an “unreasonably low threshold” for unlawful conduct and should be amended. He says the legitimacy of the plebiscite result will rely on the freedom of Australian citizens to voice their opinions.
“It is too easy to ‘offend’, ‘humiliate’, ‘insult’ or ‘ridicule’ a person in the course of robust debate,” he says.
“These words should be removed to ensure that a free discussion can take place.”