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Free speech - 73 minutes of it

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18 Mar 2014

Free speech - 73 minutes of it

There’s been a lot of talk about free speech lately – and there’s 73 minutes of free speech on this week’s Balls Radio – although, download charges may apply, ask your internet provider.


The big question is, though, is the Attorney General right to seek to repeal section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act? Should Andrew Bolt be able to say what he likes about fair-skinned aboriginals without any legal repercussions? As we discuss with Richard Kazimer, could it open the flood gates for the right-wing talk radio we see in the US? Or do we have that here anyway?
We also look at the death of British socialist MP Tony Benn – the man too far left for many in the Labour party, but who did speak a lot of sense in his lifetime. We visit some Tony Benn moments on the programme with John Dobbie in the UK.
Plus, the mystery around the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. For a moment it looked like it could have arrived in New Zealand. But, a false alarm. Still, David Campbell says it’s the closest they’ve had to a news story this week.
And our entertainment reporter Brian Haverty looks at some of the best TV shows around at the moment and asks are we living in the golden age of television drama?
That and more in a far-too-long edition of Balls Radio.


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Balls Radio is like talk radio, but for thinking people. Now a short daily occurrence, Phil Dobbie offers his opinions on what's happening, in the UK and overseas: politics, social policy, economics, science, religion. Yes, it's another, slightly overweight middle-aged white man telling the world how it should be. But there's nothing alt-right about Balls Radio. And we try and have fun along the way.