Bloody censorship: swearing and freedom of speech

Gray, Anthony (2012) Bloody censorship: swearing and freedom of speech. Alternative Law Journal, 37 (1). pp. 37-40. ISSN 1037-969X


This paper considers current legislation in three states providing for an offence of offensive and/or obscene language. The author argues that the constitutional protection of political free speech could be used to challenge the constitutional basis for such laws. It argues that the existing implied freedom of political communication should be expanded to a general freedom of speech protection, and that the rule of law might also be infringed by such laws, since there is evidence they are applied in an arbitrary way against the most vulnerable members of our society.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Legal Service Bulletin Co-Operative Ltd., Monash University.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 01:42
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2014 23:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: swearing; free speech; freedom of speech; rule of law
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220204 History and Philosophy of Law and Justice
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform

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