How a judge’s report reignited the endless campus culture wars over ‘free speech’

In April, the former chief justice found there was no evidence of a “freedom of speech crisis” at Australian universities. And while that should have been the end of it, the debate continues.

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Last year, former High Court Chief Justice Robert French got dragged into a culture war. At the request of education minister Dan Tehan, French conducted a four-month long review into free speech at universities. The review came on the back of concerns, largely from the right, that free speech is under attack at universities.

French reached the conclusion that there was no evidence of a “freedom of speech crisis” at Australian universities. And while that should have been the end of it, the debate continues.


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