Freedom of speech

Freedom of Speech is a fundamental part of a healthy democracy. The ‘offense to offend’ type provisions of Section 17 of the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act have long been criticised for their low threshold of complaint which many believe leads to a stifling of free speech.

Do you support lifting the threshold in removing ‘offensive to offend’ provisions? 

Answer
Affilliation Candidate Answer
Independent Doug Chipman Yes 
Independent  Richard James I am a believer in freedom of speech. I think Section 17 does stifle free speech. The terms ‘offensive to offend’ in my opinion are too broad and subject to interpretation by some determining to stifle personal opinion or viewpoint.
Independent  Hans Willink Yes  
Liberal Party  James Walker

Yes, I absolutely support free speech. While I believe current provisions were drafted with the best of intentions in recent times they have been abused in attempts to intimidate and stifle debate.