Freedom of speech is a vital pillar supporting Australia’s democracy and has long been recognised as a fundamental principle at common law. The freedom of political communication is implied from Australia’s Constitution and acts as a restriction on the Commonwealth’s legislative power. Current events such as the growing threat of a possible terrorist attack and renewed public debate surrounding the operation of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) have led to statutory amendments and proposed changes that affect Australian’s freedom of political communication. This paper endeavours to examine these recent legislative amendments and proposals in order to determine whether they are strengthening or enfeebling Australian society.

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