free speech

Gillian Triggs takes out free speech award

The retiring President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, is to be honoured for her fearless work in pursuit of people’s rights.

She is the recipient of the nation’s top free speech prize the Voltaire Award.

Given by Australia’s oldest human rights organisation, Liberty Victoria, it celebrates those who speak out, write, campaign, stand against authoritarianism or expose through whistle-blowing. Often award winners have gone beyond the call of duty or office and refused to be cowed or silenced.

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.

2018 Voltaire Awards CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2018’S THREE VOLTAIRE AWARDS

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

Voltaire Award Dinner 2015

Date: 
12 September 2015
Time: 
7pm
Venue: 
San Remo Ballroom, 365 Nicholson St., Carlton North