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Australian Notes

Australian notes

26 September 2020

9:00 AM

26 September 2020

9:00 AM

18C on steroids

The idea that a sitting Tasmanian senator can be dragged before the state Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for her public comments shows the draconian reach of Australia’s speech restricting anti-discrimination laws. Claire Chandler, the Liberal Senator for Tasmania, revealed in federal parliament earlier this month that she had received a letter from the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Sarah Bolt, summoning the senator to attend a conciliation conference to answer for comments she had made in an article in the Mercury in July about—ironically enough—free speech in Australia.

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Morgan Begg is a Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs

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