From: The Stream

Should hate speech be free speech in Australia?

Australians debate changes to hate speech clauses in their country’s Racial Discrimination Act.

On Thursday, April 24 at 19:30 GMT: 

In Australia, are hate speech laws threatening free speech rights? The government wants to repeal part of the country’s Racial Discrimination Act, which gives citizens the power to take legal action against offensive language aimed at racial or ethnic groups. Proponents argue the law stifles open discourse, while advocates for minorities believe weakening the law would allow acts of racism to go unpunished. Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode, we speak to:

Chris Berg @chrisberg
Policy Director, Institute of Public Affairs

Simon Rice
Professor of Law, Australian National University College of Law

Kirstie Parker @kirstiecongress
Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

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