Fighting for Free Speech

Last Tuesday I had the honour to address the Adam Smith Club on the topic Taking Responsibility for Ourselves and our Children: A Defense of Bill Leak's Message and his Right to say it. My address concluded as follows: I would now like to return to the point where we started – the Royal Commission into juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. To be effective, any solution must consider why so many indigenous teenagers are in the prison system and how to reduce the numbers entering it. We cannot ignore the fact that fractured communities and poor parenting are a major cause. Over the past century, by deliberate intent, the State has diminished the role of the family. In sometimes subtle

Gillian Triggs Apologises

Gillian Triggs has made an abject apology to Kyran Findlater, one of the seven QUT students subjected to a racial vilification case brought against him under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act over a Facebook post in May 2013. Previously, on the 730 Report, 2016 Professor Triggs had explained to Leigh Sales that the Human Rights Commission had spent 14 months trying to conciliate between Miss Prior and the seven students. It turns out that this was not true. Mr Findlater was never involved in the conciliation process. The first thing he knew about it was a message from Miss Prior’s solicitor, in November 2014, offering to discontinue a case against him if he agreed to confidentiali

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