I have been travelling through Europe and the UK for the past four months so my return to the desk is long overdue. Having returned to Australia there is a lot going on that I find unsettling. So, for this post I have decided to have a crack at unpicking the weaknesses beneath the arguments raised to defend the Australian rugby player Israel Folau’s so-called right to assert contentious speech in relation to people he regards as ‘sinners’. Whilst I raise concerns around free speech, my criticism is NOT intended to overturn free speech but to argue that limits to free speech to minimise harm, already in place, be upheld in public discourse.

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