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Free speech ‘not an issue’ on Australian campuses, says report

There is no evidence of a free speech crisis at Australia’s universities—and concerns appear to be based on anecdotes, media commentary and unsubstantiated claims, a federal review has said.

The review’s report suggests that increased government regulation is not necessary or appropriate, and that universities should “keep control of their own affairs”.

Federal education minister Dan Tehan commissioned the review in November following concerns raised by the Institute of Public Affairs, a conservative think tank based in Melbourne. Several media commentators also claimed that student demonstrations against campus visits by figures such as British social media provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos were attacks on free speech.

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