Australians quite like the idea of freedom of speech, except in almost any situation you can think of. We hold that speaking freely is acceptable and commendable except when it is rude, upsetting, unpatriotic, in poor taste, or blocks the traffic.
Terry Lane reviews 'Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right' by Katharine Gelber
Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right
by Katharine Gelber
UQP, $34.95 pb, 224 pp, 9780702238734
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Terry Lane is a broadcaster and writer. He is best known for his time on ABC radio, first on local radio in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, and Hobart, and then with his program, The National Interest, on Radio National and Radio Australia. He wrote a weekly opinion column for the Melbourne Herald from 1987 to 1989, at which time he moved to the Sunday Age, for which he wrote until his retirement in 2007. He now writes a weekly page on digital imaging for the Livewire technology supplement of The Age.
He was a founding member of Free Speech Victoria and was secretary of FSV until it ceased to exist in 2008.
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