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Ozdowski: human rights commission fails to defend liberty


Former human rights commissioner Sev Ozdowski has a piece on the Australian Human Rights Commission that is well worth a read:

During the Labor years the AHRC failure to protect our freedoms became especially evident. AHRC was either missing in action or advocating further curtailment of civil liberties in Australia. The AHRC decision to provide no amicus curie presence in the Bolt case is a good example of Continue Reading →

2 pieces by Australia’s next Human Rights Commissioner

Australia’s next Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, has two pieces in today’s newspapers.

In his piece in the AFR, Wilson answers his critics:

Some have argued that it is inconsistent for me to accept this appointment considering the past advocacy by the Institute of Public Affairs (my former employer) to abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission.

There is nothing inconsistent. It is akin to arguing Continue Reading →

Finally a human rights commissioner who understands human rights

The most recent appointee to the Australian Human Rights Commission has an excellent piece in today’s Australian newspaper:

Australia’s most fundamental human rights have been diluted over decades. It is time to recognise them as central and essential building blocks for a free society.

Attorney-General George Brandis has asked me, as Australia’s next human rights commissioner, to focus on traditional liberal democratic and common law rights, particularly article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

From a classical liberal perspective, traditional human rights are Continue Reading →

High Court ruling on NSW campaign law a win for free speech


Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed today’s decision by the High Court to throw out the New South Wales government’s restrictions on campaign and election spending.

“The High Court’s decision today is a win for free speech,” said Chris Berg.

Mr Berg is Policy Director at the Institute of Public Affairs, and author of the 2012 book In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt.

“The Institute of Public Affairs may disagree with Continue Reading →

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