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Katharine Gelber, author of Speech Matters: Gerring Free Speech Right

Katharine Gelber


Katharine Gelber is an Associate Professor of Politics in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. She has researched and taught in Australian politics and human rights for well over a decade. Since 2004 Gelber has been investigating how freedom of speech manifests in contemporary Australian politics, and actively engaging in public discussions on such topics as anti-terror legislation and academic freedom.


‘this timely book…makes us face whether free speechmatters more than we apparently think and whether we need to do moreto uphold and encourage it.' – The HonMichael Kirby AC CMG, Justice of the High Court of Australia 1996–2009.

‘At a time when a considered response to the issuesraised by freedom of speech is sorely needed this work is a welcome, insightfuland considered addition to the public debate. The book is a rare blend ofpolitical insight, legal research and social science and more than amplydemonstrates that speech does matter.’ – Linda Matthews, Queensland PrivacyCommissioner