Freedom of speech is one of the fundamental pillars of a free and open society. It is as important as parliamentary democracy and the rule of law in guaranteeing the freedom and rights of all Australians.
On Tuesday, 24 March 2009, Australia's Right to Know – a coalition of the nation’s 12 major media organisations - held a national televised conference on the state of our freedom of speech.
The event gave a rare insight into the daily behind-the-scenes workings of both the journalists whose job it is to get the news and the officials charged with protecting information that could be harmful.
The one-day conference brought together academics, lawyers, journalists, public servants, politicians and interested members of the public to examine Australia’s free speech issues and discuss the best way forward.
The conference program can be viewed here
The Speakers and Speeches can be viewed here