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Part VII Rights, Ch.39 Expression

Adrienne Stone

From: The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution

Edited By: Cheryl Saunders, Adrienne Stone

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 31 March 2023

This chapter traces the way in which freedom of expression is recognized in Australian constitutional law. The absence of a provision protecting freedom of expression is just one aspect of a widely noted feature in the Australian Constitution, yet the full picture is considerably more complicated. Freedom of expression has long had a foothold in Australian constitutional law. In 1992, the High Court of Australia developed a doctrine known as ‘the freedom of political communication’ which, to some extent, operates like a guarantee or right of freedom of expression. The chapter considers the extent to which the freedom of political communication resembles an explicit and generally expressed right of freedom.

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