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Free Speech 2014

Rights and Freedoms
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A road map for the future

Free speech is fundamental to a free and democratic society

But ... is it adequately promoted and protected in Australia?

The Australian Human Rights Commission hosted a one-day symposium on free speech from 9am to 5pm on Thursday 7th August 2014 at the Aerial Function Centre in Ultimo.

We gathered high-profile people in academia, politics, the law and civil society who helped broaden our ideas on the global meaning of free speech.

This symposium brought the numerous issues that affect free speech in Australia to the table for public discussion. The topics were wide-ranging, including media and Internet regulation, intellectual property and defamation laws. 

Free Speech 2014 Symposium Papers



PROGRAM - Free speech 2014.pdf or download in Word.


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This symposium was streamed live at and tweeted at #freespeech2014.