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The marriage equality debate raised questions of religious freedom that have yet to be resolved. Danny Casey (AAP)/Shutterstock

The Coalition’s record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through

The government is spruiking its commitment to religious freedom and freedom of speech, as well as its successes on tackling inequality. Its record, however, leaves much to be desired.
We need to have a more nuanced discussion about threats to academic freedom – not just a heavily polarised debate based on a poorly constructed audit. www.shutterstock.com

We need to talk about the actual threats to academic freedom on Australian campuses

The Institute for Public Affairs' audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.
Freedom of speech on Australian university campuses has been heavily debated this year. www.shutterstock.com

Special pleading: free speech and Australian universities

Glyn Davis lays out the evidence (or lack thereof) for the argument that free speech on campuses is at risk.
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. AAP/David Moir

Why Australia’s anti-vilification laws matter

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.
The free trade agreement with Indonesia, which Australia originally. hoped would be signed this week when Morrison was in Singapore for the start of the summit season, has become hostage to the embassy decision. Mick Tskias/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Morrison government brings back memories of McMahon days

The fundamental point is that those were desperate days for the Coalition and so are these. "McMahon was in survival mode," says author Patrick Mullins. The same could be said of Morrison.
Victorian and Tasmanian laws around safe access zones at abortion clinic are being challenged in the High Court. AAP/David Moir

As the High Court challenge to abortion clinic ‘safe access zones’ begins, there is much at stake

A challenge in the High Court, starting today, will argue that "safe access zones" around abortion clinics impede the constitutional right to freedom of political speech. Here's why that's wrong.
The brouhaha over a nine-year-old girl refusing to stand for the national anthem appears to confirm that tolerance is on the wane and nationalist sentiment on the rise in Australia. Shutterstock

Outrage over schoolgirl refusing to stand for anthem shows rise of aggressive nationalism

The storm over a nine-year-old refusing to stand for the national anthem is an indication of how ugly, and misguided, some aspects of national debate have become.

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