Senator Mehreen Faruqi reflects on the hypocrisies and double standards of freedom of speech in Australia. The toxic forces of racism, xenophobia and anti-migrant hostilities, which were heightened during the pandemic, dictate who can and can’t freely express themselves. These forces shape public debate, exclude marginalised voices and consolidate the power of the already powerful. Challenging them is essential. Join Senator Faruqi as she reflects on the global challenges to free speech and the fight of writers and communicators the world over.

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Mehreen Faruqi (Australian)

Mehreen Faruqi

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for NSW and Spokesperson for Anti-racism, Education, Housing and Animal Welfare. She is a civil and environmental engineer and a life-long activist for social and environmental justice. She became the first Muslim woman to sit in any Australian parliament in 2013. Mehreen's memoir and manifesto Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud is a no-holds-barred account by a political outsider about what happens when you confront a system steeped in power and patriarchy.