The evidence is mounting that Australian universities are more concerned with protecting students from offence than upholding the free expression that once made campus life great.
Around a fortnight ago, a rally held by the no-vote campaign group ‘Our Vote, Our Voice’ at the University of Queensland made the national media when it erupted into an ugly standoff when same-sex marriage advocates crashed the event in an attempt to shut it down.
The rally started out as a fairly tame affair. The speaker stood atop a grassy knoll next overlooking a major thoroughfare and explained why he, as a gay man, did not support same sex marriage. His megaphone was loud enough to be audible, without blaring, and he was joined by a little over a dozen supporters.
Within minutes, the scene was stormed by protestors trying desperately to drown out the megaphone with their own chants.
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