I am an enemy of the state

Donated by William McInnes

Museum of Australian Democracy collection

Among the freedoms to which all Australians are entitled is freedom of speech. This right is fundamental to democratic society. Australians are generally free to engage with one another by arguing, informing, entertaining and protesting about the government, or any other subject. This includes the right to criticise the government and to express opinions that are contrary to the majority viewpoint. However, this right is subject to certain restrictions, enforced by law, that protect personal reputation, privacy, security, morals, safety and the integrity of the judicial process.