Freedom of Speech
If all mankind minus
one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary
opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that
one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified
in silencing mankind.
from On Liberty by
John Stuart Mill
In this spirit, CCL believes that freedom of speech is one
of the most fundamental of all freedoms in a free and democratic
society. CCL fights censorship wherever and whenever it can.
Australia does not have a Bill
of Rights. This means that freedom of speech (which is also
sometimes called 'freedom of expression') is not protected in
The High Court of Australia has found an implied guarantee
of freedom of political speech in the Constitution.
This means that Australians are free to talk about politics.
But that's it.
All other forms of speech can be restricted by Parliament.
In Australia, the internet is censored.
And many computer games, books and
films are banned or censored or by using the classification
system to simply refuse classification under a system which
has become increasing restrictive since it was introduced decades
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