The Impact of Hate Speech Laws on Public Discourse in Australia [ 2010-07-31 - 2013-12-31 ]

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Researchers: Prof Luke McNamara (Chief Investigator) ,  Professor Katharine Gelber (Chief Investigator)

Brief description The Impact of Hate Speech Laws on Public Discourse in Australia. 2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the first Australian laws (NSW) directed at the regulation of hate speech. Although hate speech laws are now firmly embedded in Australia's legal landscape, and have been extended in some jurisdictions to vilification based on religious and sexual orientation, they remain a controversial instrument for supporting Australia's policies on multiculturalism, religious tolerance and respect for difference. An examination of the effects of hate speech laws on public discourse - both intended and unintended - will offer valuable insights about the capacity of law to deliver social cohesion in 21st century Australia.

Funding Amount $196,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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