Intelligence Squared: Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated

Intelligence Squared: Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated

Too often, the big issues feel ill-served by parliamentary question time or the 24-hour news cycle. Big issues and bigger ideas deserve informed and passionate consideration. Beyond the soundbites, beyond the sloganeering, beyond the posturing, there’s the debate. In this Intelligence Squared Debate, held at Melbourne Town Hall, our panellists argue for and against the proposition that ‘Freedom of Speech is Over-Rated’.

Arguing for the proposition are Marcia Langton, Catherine Deveny and Michael Gawenda. Speaking for the opposing side are Arnold Zable, Gretel Killeen and Julian Burnside.

Who?

Portrait of Marcia Langton

Marcia Langton

Professor Marcia Langton AM holds the Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Portrait of Catherine Deveny

Catherine Deveny

Catherine Deveny has been a comedian, writer and professional speaker for 23 years.

She’s the author of seven books and over 1,000 columns for the Age newspaper, and is an ABC regular. She has appeared on Q&A five times — sitting next to John Elliott, Tony Abbott, Corey Bernardi, Peter Dutton and Archbishop Peter Jensen.

Portrait of Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside AO QC is an Australian barrister who specialises in commercial litigation and is also deeply involved in human rights work, in particular in relation to refugees.

Portrait of Gretel Killeen

Gretel Killeen

Gretel Killeen is a writer, performer, voice artist and journalist. She is currently completing her directorial feature film debut.

Portrait of Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda is a former editor in chief of The Age. He is a Walkley Award winning journalist, columnist and former foreign correspondent.

Portrait of Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a writer, novelist and human rights advocate, and one of Australia’s most-loved storytellers.

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