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Examining the cost of free speech

Australia’s defamation laws are set to undergo their most significant changes for years. But while being sold as a win for free speech, the reforms may make it harder to successfully sue for damages and mainly benefit media organisations, argues Michael Douglas.

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Government unlikely to end hostility to free press

Public service bureaucrats and security services have generational, baked-in antipathy towards the public’s right to know, argues Denis Miller. An unprecedented media campaign kicking back against muzzle laws is unlikely to change that.