Research Material

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Theory One: Liberalism and Democracy

Required Readings:
John Stuart Mill. “On Liberty” Utilitarianism, Liberty and Representative Government. JM Dent and Sons 1910. pp. 65-77
Nick Economou and Stephen Tanner. “The Fourth Estate: Liberal Democracy and the Press” Media, Power and Politics in Australia. Pearson 2008. pp. 1-26
Extra Readings:
Sarah Madison, “Redefining Democracy” in Silencing Dissent Ed. Hamilton and Madison 2007. 24-40 (available online via UNSW)
Scott Balson, Murder by Media: the Death of Democracy in Australia. 302.230994/33 (4)
Moira Rayner, Rooting Democracy. S 320.494/20 (4)
Political power [videorecording], director, Ian Walker 1987. SVIDQ 323.0420994/2 (2 – ask at desk)
Julian Burnside, Watching Brief. 2006. S 323/97 (4)
Stuart Cunningham and Graeme Turner (ed.), The Media and Communications in Australia. Allen and Unwin 2006. (esp Intro. Ch1 Ch 6 Ch 17)
Hamilton, Clive. "Ch3 Identity" in Growth Fetish. 2003. (examines neoliberal political/cultural thinking as a form of political/social tyranny)

Theory Two: Free Speech / Hate Speech

Required Readings:
Stanley Fish. “There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech” There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech and it’s a Good Thing, Too. Oxford UP 1994. pp. 102-119
Extra Readings:
Katharine Gelber, “Hate Speech and the Australian Legal and Political Landscape” in Hate Speech and Free Speech in Australia Ed. Katharine Gelber 2007. 2-19.
Ann Curthoys, “The Volatility of Racism in Australia” in Hate Speech and Free Speech in Australia Ed. Katharine Gelber 2007. 20-33.
Katharine Gelber. Speaking Back: The Free Speech versus Hate Speech Debate. 2002.
Justin Healy (Ed.), Censorship and Free Speech 2004. SQ 363.310994/4 A (6)
Patrick Keyzer (Ed.). Racism, Religious Intolerance and the Law. 2007.
An interview with Stanley Fish on There's No Such Thing as Free Speech and it's a Good Thing can be found here

Theory Three: Censorship

Required Readings:
Sue Curry Jansen. “The Censor’s New Clothes” Censorship: The Knot that Binds Power and Knowledge. Oxford UP 1988. pp. 14-25; 219-21
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky. “Preface” Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. Pantheon Books 1988. pp. xi-xv; 331-5
Extra Readings:
Susan Dwyer, “Censorship” in Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film Ed. Livingston and Pantinga 2008. 29-39. (available online via UNSW)
Lloyd. Censorship and Public Morality. S 323.445/11 (4)
Hamilton, Clive. "Preface" The Freedom Paradox. 2008. Also, see an interview with the author about The Freedom Paradox at SlowTV.
Daryl Williams, Julie Rigg, Peter Duncan and David Marr. "Who's Afraid of Hannibal Lector?: The Big Cs - Censorship and Classification" Transcript of Public Forum. 14th May 2001. The Chauvel Cinema, Oxford Street, Paddington.

Theory Four: Responsibility

Required Readings:
Chad Lavin. “Responsible Subjects” The Politics of Responsibility. Illinois UP 2008. pp. 3-18; 137-8
Extra Readings:
Richard Arneson, “Rawls, Responsibility and Distributive Justice” in Justice, Political Liberalism and Utilitarianism Ed. Fleurbaey, Salles and Weymark. 80-107 (available online via UNSW)
J A Corlett, Responsibility and Punishment (esp. Ch2) 2001. S 170/547 A (3)
Philip Solomon. “Freedom and Responsibility” in The Little Philosophy Book 2008. S 100/267 (3)
Carl Tighe, Writing and Responsibility 2005. (not in library but good Introduction)

Case Study One: Talkback Radio and the Cronulla Riots

Required Readings:
Helen Ester. “The Media” Silencing Dissent. Ed. Clive Hamilton and Sarah Madison. Allen & Unwin 2007. pp 101-23; 241-2
Newsbank articles. See Reader.
Extra Readings:
Suvendrini Perera,“Race, Terror, Sydney 2005”Borderlands e-journal 5.1 (2006).
Clamance Due and Damien Riggs, “We Grew here you Flew Here: Claims to Home in the Cronulla Riots” Colloquy 16 (2008).
Aileen Moreton-Robinson and Fiona Nicoll, “We shall fight them on the beaches: Protesting cultures of white possession” Journal of Australian Studies 89 (2006) 149-160.
ACMA report into "Breakfast with Alan Jones" (later renamed "the Alan Jones Show") -
The Code -

Case Study Two: Anti-terror, Sedition and Australian Journalism

Required Readings:
Andrew Lynch and George Williams. “Shades of Grey: Freedom of Speech” What Price Security? Taking Stock of Australia’s Anti-terror Laws. UNSW P 2006. pp. 59-70; 95
Newsbank articles. See Reader.
Extra Readings:
Andrew Lynch, Edwina MacDonald, George Williams (Ed.). Law and liberty in the war on terror. 2007. L/ KM562.22/L1/1 (Freehills Law Library)
Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). “Secrecy and Red Tape: The State of Press Freedom in Australia 2009” Ed. Mike Dobbie and Jonathan Este. Printcraft 2009. available at or
Clive Hamilton, "Democracy and Dissent in Australia". Speech at the Melbourne Writer's Festival. 31 August 2007.
Irene Moss. "Report of the Independent Inquiry into the State of Free Press in Australia". Australia's Right to Know Campaign. 2007.

Case Study Three: Australian Art Censorship (Bill Henson and Gordon Hookey)

Required Readings:
Newsbank articles. See Reader.
Extra Readings:
David Marr, The Henson Case. Text Publishing 2008.
Clive Hamilton, "Defending the Last Taboo". Speech at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 12 June 2008.

Case Study Four: Australian Literary Controversies (Malley, Demidenko/Darville, Harcourt)

Required Readings:
Michael Heyward. “Indecent, Immoral, Obscene” The Ern Malley Affair. UQP 1993. pp. 182-212; 275-7
Andrew Riemer. “The Limits of Freedom” The Demidenko Debate. Allen & Unwin 1996. pp. 215-231
Richard Nile. “Introduction” in JM Harcourt Upsurge: A Novel. UWAP 1986. pp. ix-xxix
Extra Readings:
Deana Heath, “Literary Censorship, Imperialism and the White Australia Policy” A History of the Book in Australia, 1891-1945 Ed. Martyn Lyons and John Arnold. 2001. pp. 69-82
Michael Pollack, Sense and Censorship. G 303.376/2 (4)
Peter Coleman, Obscenity, Blasphemy, Sedition. S 098.1/1 E (3)
Max Harris (Ed.). Australia’s Censorship Crisis. S 323.445/13 D (4)
Ern Malley, The Complete Poems of Ern Malley. 1988. SA 821.9/MAL/2 (10)
J.M. Harcourt, Upsurge. 1986. SA 823.9/HAR10/1 (10)
Wanda Koolmatrie [Leon Carmen]. My Own Sweet Time. 1994. SA 823.9/KOO/1 A (10 and Nura Gili)
Helen Darville, The Hand That Signed the Paper. 1996. SA 823.9/DAR1/1 (10)
Andrew Reimer, The Demidenko Debate. 1996. SA 823.9/DAR1/C-1 (10)
Robert Manne, The Culture of Forgetting: Demidenko and the Holocaust. 1996. S 940.5318/87 (10)
Marguerite Nolan, "The Demidenko Affair and Australian Hoaxes". A Companion to Australian Literature Since 1900. Ed Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNeer. (Available online via Google Books).

Case Study Five: Academic Freedom and Responsibility

Required Readings:
Donald Kennedy. “Academic Freedom, Academic Duty” Academic Duty. Harvard UP 1998. pp. 1-22
Stuart Macintyre, “Universities” in Silencing Dissent Ed. Hamilton and Maddison 2007. 41-59. (available online via UNSW)
Extra Readings:
Louise Menand, “The Limits of Academic Freedom” in The Future of Academic Freedom Ed. Manand et. al. 1996. S 378.121/18 (6)
Gideon Polya. “Current Academic Censorship and Self-Censorship in Australia”. Journal for the Public University vol. 1 2004.
Stanley Fish. "Neoliberalism and Higher Education" Blog. New York Times Online. (Also see some of Fish's other blogs that discuss academic freedom)


ACMA report:
30-minute public forum on Art censorship and the Henson case: (HOAX Special Issue)
Excerpts from the Royal Commission:

Websites that monitor the classification and censorship of cinema, literature, games and media in Australia: