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24 Mar Back the 18C amendments or face another QUT fiasco

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 24 March 2017   Across the political spectrum, everyone agrees the Queensland University of Technology students’ case under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act was an appalling injustice. Everyone says they want to ensure a case like it never happens again. But...

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21 Mar Government’s proposed 18c reform

“The government’s proposal to reform 18C is a major step forward for free speech. I am pleased the government has been guided by the human rights committee’s report to change the Human Rights Commission’s processes and the law itself. Only a combination of these two reforms...

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17 Mar Reform 18C or risk losing it

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 17 March, 2017   When the government reveals its plan for section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, it will be judged against two criteria: Will it end the furore? And will it address 18C’s vulnerability to a constitutional challenge? Unless the...

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10 Mar Changes to HRC ‘not enough’

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 10 March, 2017   Changes to the Australian Human Rights Commission that have been recommended by a parliamentary committee would not have prevented students at Queensland University of Technology being falsely accused of ­racial hatred. This is the assessment of James Paterson,...

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03 Mar Paterson digs in on 18C reform

Chris Merritt -- The Australian -- 3 March, 2017   For supporters of freedom of speech, James Paterson is fast emerging as the new pin-up boy. As a Liberal member of federal parliament’s joint committee on human rights, Senator Paterson led the charge for significant reform of...

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01 Mar Reforms options with PM

James Campbell -- Herald Sun -- 28 February, 2017 THE fight to protect free speech in Australia will move to the Coalition party room after a landmark parliamentary inquiry handed the Turnbull Government options for reforming the notorious 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. While free speech supporters...

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