Amending Section 18C would send a 'dangerous message', according to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
The Constitution’s external affairs power does not support Section 18C. And the section also impermissibly infringes the implied freedom of political communication.
Emergency laws can sometimes be the biggest threat to a state and its people.
Controversial arguments and ideas should be listened to and open to public scrutiny. Only then can we expose those ideas found wanting and lacking any credibility.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
What, exactly, are the political goals of The Satanic Temple, which formed in 2013? A religion professor attended a recent satanic ritual to find out.
Why is a doctor facing sanctions for voicing his opinions on Twitter?
The Supreme Court will soon decide if it will hear a case involving the off-campus speech rights of students.
Academics must teach students how to think – not what to think.
The Moroccan state's case against a leading academic could have far reaching ramifications for academic freedom and research at the country's universities.
As the debate spreads from Missouri to universities across the country, insights from The Conversation's coverage of race on campus.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.
Ten years after the Danish cartoon crisis, it's time to discuss how freedom of religion and freedom of speech can coexist.
The university should be the bastion of the right to free expression in the promotion of democracy, and has a moral and ethical obligation to provide spaces for fierce debate and critical engagement.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million in a case that not only could bankrupt the media empire known for its gossip but could erode the First Amendment as well.
Hockey v Fairfax illustrates that recent legal and technological developments still pose challenges for defamation law, which has not been reformed to keep pace with these changes.