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Professor Graeme Orr writes about hypocrisy and the freedom of speech debate

Professor Graeme Orr writes in Policy Briefing Online (12.8.14) that the recent debate over freedom of speech ‘has mostly been self-serving.  Much of it has been driven by right-wing voices opposed both to vilification laws and to a now-defunct proposal to strengthen the press complaints system. Left-wing voices, while less prominent, have focused on gags on public servants and moves to stop grant funds being used to advocate for policy reform. … The underlying issue, of course, is that the government sees ideological enemies everywhere: in the public service, in NGOs and in the ABC.’

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