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Thu 26 Jun 2014, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Legion House, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $35.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Members: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Join The Times' journalist David Aaronovitch in conversation with Dr Simon Longstaff as they explore what you can & can't say in a democracy.

Freedom of speech is a central pillar of democracy. But all societies impose restrictions on what can be said, be it through the courts or civil bodies. Do these limits curb our democratic rights or does the public good outweigh our individual liberties? In light of the federal government seeking to amend the racial discrimination act, just how much freedom should be afforded to us to speak our minds?

David Aaronovitch is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on culture, international affairs, media and politics. His writes a regular weekly column for The Times and has previously written for The Independent, The Guardian and The Observer, winning numerous accolades, including Columnist of the Year 2003 and the 2001 Orwell prize for journalism. He also notably holds the position of Chair of the Index on Censorship – a human rights organisation devoted to protecting and promoting free expression.