Tag Archives | Freedom of Speech

John Abbot and John Nicol outside the Federal Court in Brisbane yesterday, following the preliminary hearing of Peter Vincent Ridd versus James Cook University.

Can Universities Lawfully Bully Academics into Silence?

Dr Peter Ridd has taken James Cook University to court protesting his sacking for what he says is, primarily, speaking-out about the lack of quality assurance in Great Barrier Reef science. Dr Ridd spoke out initially about there being no quality assurance of Great Barrier Reef science – science that is arguably misused to secure […]

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Which Books Should be Banned?

ACCORDING to the American Library Association (ALA) the book most American parents have wanted banned over recent years is ‘And Tango Makes Three’ about two male penguins that adopt a fertilized egg and raise the chick.  According to Walt Brasch writing at On Line Opinion: “Gays saw the story as a positive reinforcement of their […]

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Andrew Bolt Guilty: But is it Really About Freedom of Speech?

TODAY, in the Federal Court, well-known columnist and political commentator Andrew Bolt was found guilty of racial discrimination.   In particular he was found guilty of mocking people who do not look aboriginal, but call themselves aboriginal.   He was condemned on the basis of comment in two columns one entitled ‘It’s so hip to be black’ […]

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