“These posters…serve no purpose but to cause offence” – Ali Amin, President of Student Representative Council at the University of Adelaide

Freedom of speech has become a major issue in recent years, and while Australia has implied free speech, there are still debates whether it should be limited.

While free speech is certainly important for things like political expression and thorough debate without fear of persecution, it can also lead to hate speech and even incitement of violence. In the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, the alleged perpetrator’s extreme ideology was gradually revealed, much of which was spread online. Furthermore, there have been a number of posters spread around the University of Adelaide promoting a number of extremist ideologies, while Rugby player Israel Folau took to Instagram to share his opinion on a number of different groups, including ‘homosexuals’. With these issues having arisen recently, it raises the question of whether there should be limits on freedom of speech. What should or shouldn’t people be allowed to say? Is free speech already limited enough as it is?

Wavelength spoke to students at the University of Adelaide about their thoughts on the posters on campus. Ali Amin, the President of the Student Representative Council at Adelaide Uni, and Amy Nikolovski, President of the South Australian Law Society, also spoke to Wavelength about the issue.

When we threw the convo to you, Zan said the posters at Adelaide Uni should be taken down, and that there’s perhaps not so much consideration about the consequences freedom of speech can have on others. Meanwhile John discussed his thoughts on where to draw the line when it comes to free speech and violence. Listen in.

Airdate: April 29, 2019

Reporters: David Simmons, Arjuna Ganesan & Amila Dedovic 

Photo: Unsplash

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