The Australian Free Speech Coalition is a non-partisan alliance of people from various backgrounds and with various worldviews who share a commitment to defending the democratic value of free speech. Free Speech is a universal right with precious few exceptions. Advocating free speech has never equated to approval of all ideas expressed with that freedom.

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
 - Noam Chomsky

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
 - Evelyn Beatrice Hall (Voltaire's biographer)

"Strange it is that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free speech but object to their being "pushed to an extreme," not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case."
 - John Stuart Mill

"Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties."
 - John Milton

Thank you for your support for the Australian Free Speech Coalition. It means a lot to this public interest campaign that we fight together. Endorsing the AFSC is an affirmation that the solution to bad speech is not banned speech. It is free speech.

Who's endorsing

Paul Matthews
Andrew Bishop
Graham Lamb
Nicholas Bush
Anna Meszaros
Lynn MacDonald
Joshua Forrester
Nicola Wright LibertyWorks
Imam Tawhidi
Lorraine Finlay
Kathy Clubb
Matthew Patterson
Dave Pellowe Axiomatic Events
Stephen Chavura
Bernard Gaynor bernardgaynor.com.au

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  • Paul Matthews
  • Andrew Bishop
  • Graham Lamb
  • Nicholas Bush
    I'm endorsing Australian Free Speech Coalition. Please join me! http://www.freespeechcoalition.info/endorse?recruiter_id=87
  • Nicholas Bush
  • Anna Meszaros
  • Lynn MacDonald
  • Joshua Forrester
    Certain controversial speakers have toured Australia recently. These speakers include Milo Yiannopoulos, Lauren Southern, and Stefan Molyneux. To be clear, I don’t agree with a lot of their views. But I do support their freedom to express their views, and the freedom of Australians to lawfully assemble and hear them.

    As to those protesting Yiannopoulos, Southern, and Molyneux, most protestors around Australia have protested peacefully if raucously. This is as it should be, and good on them.

    And then there’s Victoria. Here, not only have protestors engaged in threatened and actual violence, but Victoria Police appears to enable them by charging fees for police protection not to the protestors, but to those organising the lawful assembly. Victoria Police did it to the organisers for Yiannopoulos, and did it to the organisers for Southern and Molyneux.

    Given that other controversial speakers are due to arrive shortly, such as Nigel Farage, Gavin McInnes, Yiannopoulos (again) and with him Ann Coulter, I expect similar antics in Victoria.

    One of the key duties of the police in any liberal democracy is protecting lawful assembly for political purposes. For Victoria Police to charge fees to the victims of threatened and actual violence creates the real danger of chilling political debate. Victoria Police has set a dangerous precedent, and must be challenged.
  • Nicola Wright
    I'm endorsing Australian Free Speech Coalition. Please join me! http://www.freespeechcoalition.info/endorse?recruiter_id=24
  • Nicola Wright
  • Imam Tawhidi
    My family and I fled from areas where speaking your mind would attract a prison or death sentence. As a young boy, Australia secured all of my basic human rights, including the right to speak my mind and express myself. I’m very worried to see areas within Australia slowly turn into the places we fled from.
  • Lorraine Finlay
  • Kathy
    I'm endorsing Australian Free Speech Coalition. Please join me! https://afsc.nationbuilder.com/endorse?recruiter_id=19
  • Kathy Clubb
  • Matthew Patterson
  • Dave Pellowe
    The effect of laws permitting Victoria Police to financially penalise and blame the victims of violence is a great encouragement to Antifa and other extremists determined to deny those with whom they disagree common law lights and freedoms. The executive branches of government must stop being so easily manipulated by the Thugs’ Veto.
  • Stephen Chavura
    We cannot allow any group, let alone Antifa, a permanent veto power over political speech in Australia.
  • Bernard Gaynor