High-profile conservatives such as former PM Tony Abbott and commentator Alan Jones often complain that freedom of speech is being stifled, but the research does not support that view.
While some complaint that anti-discrimination laws stifle freedom of speech, there is good evidence that they make a more harmonious, safe and equal society.
Community leaders will play a very important role in whipping votes for or against in the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
Social conservatism among many ethnic communities will be a key factor in deciding the result of the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten help with the cyclone clean-up efforts in Bowen, Queensland on Thursday.
The fate of the government's push on Section 18C was a mixed bag, without surprises. The week's most critical issue is the company tax cuts package, which is still in play.
Changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act unveiled this week look set for defeat in the Senate. But the issue will continue to breathe life.
The Turnbull government’s objectives in seeking to change Section 18C are unclear.
The government has not adequately explained what it is hoping to achieve by changing the wording of Section 18C.
Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday contacted leaders of the Jewish, Indigenous and Muslim communities, seeking to reassure them.
Malcolm Turnbull is now, it seems, wholly owned by the conservatives in the Liberal Party and their strident media allies. His capitulation to them over 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been as…
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Malcolm Turnbull often claims Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation.
The government's multicultural statement stays fairly much in the place where rhetoric around the issue has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.
Peter Dutton casts himself as championing freedom of speech.
Peter Dutton has advised Alan Joyce and other business executives who have written to Malcolm Turnbull urging action on same-sex marriage to “stick to their knitting”. It’s advice some in the government…
Federal parliament should leave section 18C untouched.
The much-anticipated report has offered little in the way of a solution to the disagreement over section 18C, so parliament should leave it as it is.
The Human Rights Commission and its outgoing president Gillian Triggs have become high-profile and symbolic targets for conservatives.
Malcolm Turnbull had hoped that throwing the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act to a parliamentary inquiry would help resolve an issue that has become totemic for conservatives…
How do we know what we think we know? Accuracy, care and rigorous method gets us somewhere there, especially on issues like racism.
Liberal MP Ian Goodenough is chairing a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia.
Neither Galaxy Research nor the Institute of Public Affairs think-tank discussed the most interesting data they garnered from polling on free speech and reform to Section 18C.
Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
The historic East Melbourne synagogue.
Amending Section 18C would send a 'dangerous message', according to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech.
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.
What critics call the ‘elite media’ is actually journalism that serves the public interest.
Suddenly 'elite media' has become a term of abuse, but in truth this is a battle between real journalism and non-journalism.
Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs.
Looking back at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s foundation shows that human rights have never been above politics.
Australia displays many of the hallmarks of an ‘ethnocracy’ – albeit one cloaked in the rhetoric of multiculturalism.
Australia was designed at Federation to ensure nationals of British descent would be able to create a society populated by individuals as much like themselves as possible.
Malcolm Turnbull has heaped praise on Peter Dutton’s performance while trying to avoid the flypaper of his controversial comments.
Imagine Tony Abbott was still prime minister and Malcolm Turnbull remained his restless ministerial servant.