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QCCL event: ‘Freedom and Australian Imagination’

The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties is hosting an upcoming event, where journalist David Marr will deliver the annual Derek Fielding Memorial Lecture on the relationship between Australians and Freedom.

‘What is the relationship between Australians and personal freedom?

‘We like to think of ourselves as anti-elitist and anti-authoritarian. Our literature abounds with self-congratulatory paeans to our disrespect for authority. But on the other hand, repeated surveys show that Australians are amongst the easiest people on earth for a government to get to follow new rules.

‘Continuing on from these thoughts, David Marr will reflect on the fact that Australians are adept at detecting insincere civil liberties appeals, but not so proactive in demanding liberties as a nation. Why aren’t we demanding a Bill Of Rights or Human Rights Act? Why are we so afraid of attempts to provide broad protection for our civil liberties?’

‘DAVID MARR is one of Australia’s most awarded and most influential voices on politics, censorship and media. A trained lawyer and journalist, he has received four Walkley awards and written many books on politics and power.

The event will take place at the All Saints Convention Centre, 330 Ann St, Brisbane, at 6PM on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Tickets are available from the QCCL website: For further details, see the event flyer below.

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