Say what you like: a Constitutional right?
Each year we celebrate Constitution Day on 9 July, the date when Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Constitution in 1900, creating the nation of Australia.
In 2014 panelists on our Speakers Forum – Say what you like: a Constitutional right? – debated whether the Australian Constitution enshrined our right to free speech.
Moderated by Paul Barclay, presenter and series producer of ABC Radio National's Big Ideas, the conversation included:
- Tim Wilson, Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
- George Williams AO, Anthony Mason Professor, Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales
- Louise Allen, Government Relations Manager, Amnesty International Australia
- Alec Coles, CEO, Western Australian Museum and
- Kirstie Parker, Co-Chair, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples
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The forum was presented by the National Archives of Australia, in partnership with ABC Radio National's Big Ideas and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the University of New South Wales.