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Insults, offence and words that wound: why language needs to be handled with care

Who can say what to whom in Australia? In this six-part series, we look at the complex idea of freedom of speech, who gets to exercise it and whether it is being curtailed in public debate.

Arts & culture
Dr Howard Manns

Slanguage and ‘dinky di’ Aussie talk in elections

By Dr Howard Manns and Professor Kate Burridge Bill Shorten’s been telling us he wants to give Australians a “fair go”. Malcolm Turnbull has decried Labor for an “assault on...

Politics
Dr Howard Manns

Slanguage and ‘dinky di’ Aussie talk in elections

By Dr Howard Manns and Professor Kate Burridge Bill Shorten’s been telling us he wants to give Australians a “fair go”. Malcolm Turnbull has decried Labor for an “assault on...

Politics
Dr Howard Manns

Slanguage and ‘dinky di’ Aussie talk in elections

By Dr Howard Manns and Professor Kate Burridge Bill Shorten’s been telling us he wants to give Australians a “fair go”. Malcolm Turnbull has decried Labor for an “assault on...

Politics
Professor Kate Burridge

Boondoggles, bellwethers and poli-tic-al parasites: revisiting political expressions

By Professor Kate Burridge and Dr Howard Manns We started our election pieces by introducing some ordinary political expressions — those with not so ordinary histories. We felt it was...

Professor Kate Burridge

Boondoggles, bellwethers and poli-tic-al parasites: revisiting political expressions

By Professor Kate Burridge and Dr Howard Manns We started our election pieces by introducing some ordinary political expressions — those with not so ordinary histories. We felt it was...

Professor Kate Burridge

Boondoggles, bellwethers and poli-tic-al parasites: revisiting political expressions

By Professor Kate Burridge and Dr Howard Manns We started our election pieces by introducing some ordinary political expressions — those with not so ordinary histories. We felt it was...

Professor Kate Burridge

Hustings and human speech (failings) in a 24/7 campaign

By Professor Kate Burridge and Dr Howard Manns Lengthy elections grow tedious for everyone and, in the 24/7 media cycle, nerves and performances fray. Yet how many of us would...