Freedom of Speech Inquiry

On 8 November 2016, the Attorney-General referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights for inquiry and report, whether the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (including sections 18C and 18D) impose unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech; and whether the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission should be reformed.

Liberty Victoria has made a submission to this Inquiry.


The Voltaire Award for free speech has been given annually by Liberty Victoria for many years.  In 2016, we presented the inaugural ‘Empty Chair’ award.  In 2017, we presented the inaugural ‘Young

Liberty Victoria welcomes government’s assisted dying announcement

Human rights group Liberty Victoria applauds the Andrews government for taking a strong and principled stance on the right to die with dignity. 

However, while welcoming that announcement, Liberty is dismayed at a recent flurry of announcements on justice reforms, which are reactionary, ill-considered and prone to gross abuse. 

The government’s latest step to remove from judicial oversight the police force’s potential to abuse the taking of DNA samples is condemned.

Knee-jerk reforms risk further entrenching offending behavior in children

Public safety and the State budget will suffer as a result of harsh new measures by the Andrews Government, Liberty Victoria warned today.

Liberty Victoria President Jessie Taylor

Community lawyer to lead human rights organisation

Community lawyer and lecturer Jessie Taylor has been elected president of one of Australia's leading human rights organisations,
Liberty Victoria.

Ms Taylor BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) MSc(HA) is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and on the Board of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

John Maloney

Policy Committee
Policy Committee

Sam Norton

Management Committee