The last question of the final episode of Q&A for 2018 had the panel in furious debate over freedom of speech.
Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked magazine, advocated for absolute free speech, stating that everyone has a right to their opinion, whether it was good or bad, and other people had the freedom to refute those claims.
Nyadol Nyuon, lawyer and community advocate, argued free speech is not absolute given that certain speech, such as that which incites crime, can have dire consequences and as such should be restricted.
The lawyer was cut off as host Tony Jones made time for each panellist (and a truly bizarre skit) at the end of the show, but when it came to Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek’s turn to speak, she shared a few words before giving the rest of her time to Nyuon to allow her fellow panellist to finish her point.
I'm loving Tanya's big fuck you to Tony. Thank you!! #qanda
— O'Malley (@Skualg) December 10, 2018
#qanda Thank you Tanya for your courtesy in letting Nyadol make her important point that hate speech towards any minority, disguised or endorsed as 'free ' speech can and has resulted in physical violence directed towards those minorities.
— DragonFlame 77 (@SupergranIsBack) December 10, 2018
— Ashley Power (@AshleyPower16) December 10, 2018