The first line in our national anthem says
“Australians are free”. But how free are we? More and more, we can’t say what we think, because someone will claim to be offended. We don’t tell a joke without the risk of being sacked, or hauled up before a court. We feel as if we can’t openly discuss things like, religion, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual
preference, or culture. In fact, the list of things we are too scared
to talk about grows longer every day. So, we feel as though we can’t say anything. It’s not safe because someone might take it the wrong way and complain. This is political correctness. And it is out
of control. We shouldn’t be scared of saying what we think.
Of saying it as we see it. Offence is taken, not given. If we don’t mean to give offence why should anyone take offence, why should anyone take offence? Free speech, and feeling free to discuss things
freely and openly, is a right. And hurt feelings are not the business of
the government. If we don’t put a stop to political correctness,
we will no longer be free. The Liberal Democrats believe we have a right to say what we think, to use words as they are intended without having them interpreted as offensive. The Liberal Democrats will never vote for
a reduction in freedom.