Politicians must permit Australians to speak up

19th-century liberal philosopher, John Stuart Mill.

At a recent public meeting in regional Australia, I asked what politicians could do to capitalise on the current mood to ensure the wokerati come to an inglorious end at the next election. One politician replied, ‘We need to give Australian citizens permission to speak up.’ I couldn’t agree more.

The truth is that many of us are being cancelled or censored and our voices are not being heard in the public sphere. It is time for that to change.

Freedom of speech is central to the success of liberal democracy, but many of our institutions appear hell-bent on rejecting liberal democratic practice. Our political representatives must turn the tables back on these institutions. My latest article in The Spectator Australia: