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.
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.
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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