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Human Rights: Limitations on Free Speech

Year 12 Legal Studies

Australian Human Rights Commission

Freedom of expression and opinion are the foundation stone for a free and democratic society and a necessary condition for the promotion and protection of human rights.

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Waleed Aly, Age Columnist, host of Drive on ABC Radio National and Lecturer in politics at Monash University.

The Australian

MAYBE it is a left-brain-right-brain thing, but I have always been bemused why public interest limitations on freedom of speech for economic benefit are quietly accepted, while limits designed to protect our collective human rights attract vocal debate. The recent Federal Court hearing concerning a complaint of racial vilification against voluble multimedia commentator Andrew Bolt brings this dichotomy clearly into focus.