Racial Vilification and Freedom of Speech in Australia and Elsewhere

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This paper considers s18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), commonly known as the anti-religious vilification law. Though the section may have laudable aims, it captures a broad range of speech, including speech that is 'offensive'. There is serious doubt as to whether legislation of this kind will achieve its objectives, and it may have a significant chilling effect on speech. It may be constitutionally invalid, given its impact on the implied freedom of political communication. The paper considers how such speech has been regulated elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-195
Number of pages29
JournalCommon Law World Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


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