Protect free speech

Former High Court judge Ian Callinan says of the Gillard government’s proposed new laws against free speech: “It seems as if each year the Constitution and the cohesion of our Australian community are put at some new and entirely unnecessary risk. “The dangers of the current one, of the introduction of a new law to criminalise speech which might cause offence to anyone, should not be underestimated.

“The proposed law is such a silly one that it will turn everyone into offenders. A law of this kind fails the elementary test of rational, consistent, and worse, undiscriminating application.

“In consequence, the cases selected for prosecution will be exactly that – selected – that is to say, carefully chosen, under the influence or pressure of the most vociferous pressure groups.

“Every Australian with an ideal of democracy should do everything they lawfully can to oppose the introduction of this outrageous law.”



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