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Podcast#2 is up and on the interwebs. You can subscribe via iTunes to the whole series, or subscribe to this blog for future episodes from me.

Speaking with: Sarah Sorial on free speech and democracy

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Freedom of speech is often seen as a cornerstone of democracy, but the unfettered right to express opinions can infringe other fundamental rights. Minority groups are especially at risk of verbal attacks and intimidation, and some countries, including Australia, have legislated protections that limit free speech.

When Attorney-General George Brandis ordered a review of the Racial Discrimination Act and introduced amendments in a failed attempt to remove some of these protections in March this year, he ignited a passionate debate on the importance of free speech and its intersection with other human rights.

In this podcast, I speak with Sarah Sorial, senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong, about the role of free speech in a democracy and how it can co-exist with other rights.

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Some months ago I began work on a podcast series for The Conversation. It’s been a long process with various twists and turns, and one that has led me to appreciate the art of good question asking. But I’m very pleased to say that the first episode is now live!

In it I talk with Nick Rowley about the relationship between scientific research and governance in Antarctica – a particularly appropriate subject in the context of this week’s visit by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to an icebreaker docked at Hobart.

You can subscribe via iTunes to the whole series, or subscribe to this blog for future episodes from me.

Speaking with: Nick Rowley on democracy in Antarctica

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Antarctica is the coldest, driest and possibly the most inhospitable place on Earth. It is also the only continent designated entirely as a natural reserve, used purely for peaceful and scientific purposes.

For many decades, Antarctica has been the final frontier for scientific research, governed by a treaty system signed in 1959, that protects the continent from exploitation and military action. But as countries begin to eye off Antarctica’s wealth of natural resources, will this be enough to stop territorial disputes in the region?

Tamson Pietsch speaks with Nick Rowley about democracy on Earth’s coldest continent.

Nick Rowley is an Adjunct Professor at the Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney; he is currently working on a project on Antarctic decision-making.

Music: Free Music Archive/Podington Bear, Chris Zabriskie

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Tamson Pietsch receives funding from the Australian Research Council.

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