Don’t roll your eyes at me

November 29, 2012

From James Paterson

Last week we told you about the latest threat to free speech in Australia: the Gillard government’s anti-discrimination law ‘reforms’. IPA Legal Rights Project Director Simon Breheny had this must read article in The Australian on Friday explaining why the laws are so dangerous.

But never mind free speech, you may not even have free use of your eyeballs in the office – rolling your eyes and having one-on-one meetings with your staff might also get you sued!

This week hasn’t been a great one for freedom in the UK.

In just a few hours Prime Minister David Cameron will announce his response to the Leveson Inquiry, which is believed to have recommended unprecedented government regulation of the media. Conservative backbenchers are very worried about what their government will do – read their letter supporting press freedom. The editor of The Spectator says he’s prepared to go to jail rather than comply with a new regulator. Here’s what the IPA’s Chris Berg thinks of the inquiry.

And then there’s this. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council this week took three children from their foster parents because the parents were members of the UK Independence Party. In this great piece on Spiked, Brendan O’Neill explains how Britain got to this point.

It was Thanksgiving last week in the United States. ReasonTV explains why we should be grateful for private property rights. This Chinese couple obviously agrees.

And lastly, because I know none of you would want to miss out, please mark in your diaries that next year is the International Year of Quinoa. The IPA is still figuring out how we will celebrate this momentous occasion, but when we do we will let you know. In the meantime enjoy this humourous piece from the IPA’s Tim Wilson on the stupidity of symbolic days and years.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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