Statement of resignation

Two years ago I was appointed Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. I was appointed to this office to bring a fresh and important focus on the rights of the individual and freedom. That is why I was dubbed the ‘Freedom Commissioner’, … Continue reading

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Logic says no to Valizadeh, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh’s freedom of speech won’t be suppressed if the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, denies him a visa. In the past few days there have been increasing calls on the federal government to block so-called “neo-masculinist” Valizadeh from entering … Continue reading

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Outing clear harassment doesn’t need elaboration, The Weekend Australian

Free speech is being restricted by ill-defined anti-discrimination law that has taken the carefully targeted definition of workplace sexual harassment and applied it to public speech. The Tasmanian case against Catholic bishops over a booklet that argues against marriage for same-sex … Continue reading

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Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act sets a low bar for free speech, The Weekend Australian

Anti-discrimination legislation shouldn’t allow law to be used as a weapon in political debate. Last week, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission accepted a complaint against Catholic archbishops — including the Archbishop of Hobart, Julian­ Porteus — for publishing a booklet titled Don’t … Continue reading

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Religious freedom isn’t a trump card, but it does need to be part of rights debate; Sydney Morning Herald

The future of religious freedom in Australia is in the hands of religious faiths, not its secularist opponents. Last week, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, delivered the Centre for Independent Studies’ Acton Lecture titled “Should bakers be required to bake … Continue reading

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