The Australian Tag

Primrose Riordan -- The Australian -- 1 January 2019 The chair of parliament’s intelligence and security committee, Andrew Hastie, says the detention of two Canadians in China vindicates those who advocated against Australia ­ratifying an ­extradition treaty with Beijing. Mr Hastie’s intervention came as Foreign Minister Marise...

Simon Benson and Primrose Riorden -- The Australian -- 31 October 2018   Scott Morrison has hit back at Indon­esia, warning he would not be dictated to on foreign policy by another country, after Malcolm Turnbull said the decision to consider moving Australia’s embassy in Israel from...

Tim Dodd -- The Australian -- 25/10/2018 The national higher education regulator TEQSA will investigate whether universities are restricting freedom of speech through their policies. Nicholas Saunders, who chairs the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, told a Senate estimates committee last night that “while equity and...

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 1 October 2018   Free speech shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. The practice of charging event organisers for the cost of ensuring their own safety risks stifling debate and providing an incentive for threats of violence. Last week, University of...

Joe Kelly -- The Australian -- 7 July 2018   Social Services Minister Dan Tehan has called for a religious discrimination act to provide greater protections to people of faith, in a move that raises the stakes for the Turnbull government as it responds to a key...

Rebecca Urban -- The Australian -- 18 June 2018   Liberal senator James Paterson has called for universities to face fines for failing to uphold free speech, claiming that financial penalties would go some way to preventing the “administrative cowardice” behind the Australian National University’s decision to...

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 18 June 2018   The Australian National University’s decision to cancel plans for a bachelor of Western civilisation has highlighted the rampant anti-Western bias that exists at many Australian universities. But the administration’s decision to cave in to internal pressure should have...

Andrew Clennell & Simon Benson -- The Australian -- 28 April, 2018   Fresh from Bill Shorten’s celebration of the same-sex marriage parliamentary vote, the Labor Party is set to urge at its national conference for Labor to “preference” organisations that “ensure the equal and fair treatment...

Samantha Hutchinson -- The Australian -- 28 April, 2018   A Senate committee grilling the Business Council of Australia over proposed company-tax rate cuts has been criticised for harassing witnesses and conducting a “witch-hunt” against a private organisation and big businesses that pledge to invest if the...