The greatest writer and thinker on free speech is Murray Rothbard. This essay of his deserves pride of place in any archive of free speech issues, even this archive of neglected Australian articles on the subject.

  1. John Singleton, “Censorship should be banned,” Advertising News, March 30, 1973, p. 4.
  2. Singo and Howard on Murdoch, Packer and Monopolistic Media — John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia (Stanmore: Cassell Australia, 1977), pp. 16-19, under the heading “Aunty A.B.C.” This is almost identical with what appeared earlier in: John Singleton, “Let the airwaves sing unfettered,” Nation Review, April 9-15, 1976, p. 632; and that was a rewritten version of: John Singleton, “The media mafia,” Advertising News, September 5, 1975, p. 8. Excerpt: “[T]hose who wish to see their TV without interruption from advertisements should take up collection of $250,000,000 per annum and for that amount they could buy their own TV airwaves throughout Australia and do whatever they like with them. But at the moment, none of us has the choice.”
  3. And also the “Journalism” entry in Rip Van Australia, pp. 139-40. Excerpt: “We naturally believe that newspaper proprietors have the right to print what they like, however biased it might be. We do not believe in equal time or equal space rules being foisted upon anyone. We do not believe that anyone — especially journalists — can rightfully be forced to give all sides of a story. In other words, while many of us might disagree with what a newspaper says and how it says it, (and try and hope to convince them to say it differently) we should all in the last analysis, fight for the right of all individuals to say what they think as they please.”
  4. Mark Tier, “Too few unbiased guardians and fewer angels,” Nation Review, March 19-25, 1976, p. 560. Excerpt: “The simplest way to disperse ownership of newspapers would be to reduce income tax. Income tax pushes up the cost of labour. Newspapers — and all media in fact — are labour intensive industries. Reducing income tax would reduce the cost of labour and would increase the profitability of newspapers.”
  5. John Singleton, “How many tits in a tangle?,” Nation Review, September 10-16, 1976, p. 1162. Excerpt: “We see interminable arguments about what should and should not be on the ABC when the argument should really be why the hell we need the ABC in the first place.”
  6. Jim Fryar, “The best solution is to sell the ABC,” The Australian, July 26, 1978, p. 6, as a letter to the editor.
  7. Maxwell Newton, “Manipulating the Media,” Australian Penthouse, April 1980, pp. 125-28, 144-45. Excerpt: “In sum, the process of manipulation, of management of ‘news’, of pressures, of favours, is so widespread and so diverse that I find it laughable that anyone could seriously talk about a ‘truthful’ press or an ‘objective’ TV news service.”
  8. The media bias against media bias — Robert Haupt, “Oblique News: The need for media bias,” The Age Monthly Review, August 1987, p. 10.
  9. Lang Hancock, “Govt should sell the ABC,” The Sydney Morning Herald, July 17, 1981, p. 6, as a letter to the editor. Excerpt: “If Rupert Murdoch wishes to buy a television station and has the money to do so, good luck to him. It is none of my business and none of the Government’s. If the Government has the taxpayers’ interests at heart, it should sell him the ABC, thus saving the public a lot of money.”
  10. Editorial [Paddy McGuinness], “Time to sell the ABC,” The Australian Financial Review, March 13, 1985, p. 12. Excerpt: “No one, of course, has the slightest expectation that the present Federal Government would consider for a moment a proposal to sell the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Indeed, there is grave doubt that anyone would want to buy it, in its present form.”
  11. Padraic P. McGuinness, “Why not pay for the ABC?,” The Australian Financial Review, February 26, 1988, pp. 88-87. Excerpt: “Why not try applying the user pays principle to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation? After all, while there is a case for minority and supposedly quality radio and television, there is no good reason why it should be free of charge.” “… no good reason why ABC TV should not become a subscription service, so that those who enjoy it, or cannot stand advertising, could pay for it …”
  12. The ABC and the self-evident — Padraic P. McGuinness, “Stop the rot at the ABC: divide and rule,” The Australian, March 9, 1990, p. 13. Excerpt: “There is a kind of corporate culture which has grown up in the organisation which is shared by, it seems, just about all of its talking heads and which treats what are really controversial and contentious positions as if they were self-evident.”
  13. Paddy McGuinness, “Aunty should hang up her boots in face of premature senility,” The Australian, July 1, 1992, p. 17. Excerpt: “Happy 60th birthday to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. That said, it also has to be added that it is time the ABC, in its present form, was wound up and put out to grass.”
  14. Paddy McGuinness, “New ABC Tory chief won’t rock the boat,” The Australian, May 23, 2006, p. 12. Excerpt: “ABC TV will continue to invent a need for yet more channels. The ABC octopus will grow and grow.”
  15. Benjamin Marks, “Sell the ABC to Rupert Murdoch: Lid Blown on ABC Funding Disgrace!,”, September 1, 2011. Excerpt: “The ABC commits far more dubious activities than Rupert Murdoch, and constantly continues to do so, largely in full public view, and, also largely, in secret.”

Lastly, here’s our famous Kerry Packer video touching on these issues: