Couldn’t resist, sorry, bringing this from downunder, from Andrew Bolt, on free speech – seems it’s an issue down there too.
From a speech in parliament:
What we have just heard from Senator Wong and what we have heard constantly from those opposite, including the Greens, relies on a profound misunderstanding of what our society is.
They seem to view our rights, particularly our right to speech and our right to discuss — our right to participate in democracy and in a free flow of ideas — as coming to us via a licence from politicians or judges. They seem to think that, somehow, the laws in this place determine what we are allowed and not allowed to say.
That is a profound misrepresentation of our constitutional and legal history. It is only in recent times that there have been such limits on things like speech. This is a profound fissure in what we view as the role of the state, and what we view as the role of the government and its relationship with the citizens of this country.
Senator Wong accused Senator Brandis of celebrating the rights of bigots. What I will say is that I condemn the bigot, but I celebrate the rights of every citizen.
And that is important, because a commitment to freedom of speech only really counts when it is tested. A commitment to freedom of speech only really counts when it comes to defending something you profoundly and viscerally disagree with—and that is where my commitment to free speech lies.
It continues here.
I’d go so far as to say that this is the raison d’etre of Orphans of Liberty.
[H/T Rossa’s mother]