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Let me speak freely: our freedom of speech 'crisis' is culture warriors' codswallop

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28.06.2019

Everyone stop, and repeat after me: There is no crisis of free speech. Freedom of religion has not been suppressed. Political correctness has not gone mad.

Here we are yet again with our tedious culture war. While many of us would prefer it to go away, it’s hard to ignore the frenzied noise of these past few weeks.

Israel Folau arrives at the Fair Work Commission on Friday. Folau is free to condemn homosexuals and sinners. He is putting his religious conviction over his contractual obligations, a choice he is free to make. Credit:Janie Barrett

Many of us had hoped, of course, that the May federal election would have reset the political debate. That it would have helped put a close to the old, tired ideological contests that have marked the past six years.

That still seems to be some way off. The Morrison government has yet to find for itself an agenda beyond its tax cuts. It seems content to focus the post-election attention on a Labor opposition still grappling with what it stands for. This leaves a vacuum that culture warriors are only too happy to fill.

We’ve seen it on the education front, with a push for a free speech code for universities. And then there’s Rugby Australia’s controversial sacking of Israel Folau – which, as some have described........

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