Why we have every right to criticise our Prime Minister
I once had a friend who couldn't return to her home country for the absolute fear she would be tortured and murdered by her government.
As a high school student it was not only baffling but completely demoralising to imagine a place where a teenage girl could be killed for seeking safety in Australia.
Our country has a growing pile of its own problems to address but I've never once considered carrying the same burden my friend had while living here.
It's this right to criticise and disagree with the decisions made by our leaders that creates the bedrock of democracy that we enjoy.
Freedom of speech has become a phrase synonymous with many believing they can say whatever they want and get away with it, but it's actually not explicitly protected in the Australian constitution.
What is recognised is a freedom of political speech which is protected from criminal prosecution.
I cannot fathom why someone would question this right to speak truth to power.
We're citizens, not slaves. We have the license to criticise our government officials, particularly the man in the top spot, without fear.
Since when have we been expected to only speak with admiration or bow submissively to those who make decisions for us each day?
Australian of the Year Grace Tame was lashed by one side of the political aisle last week for expressing her opinion on the appointment of Amanda Stoker as Assistant Minister for Women.
Ms Tame claimed the Liberal senator previously endorsed a "fake rape" crisis tour and undermined survivors of sexual assault.
If anyone has the license to use their platform in this way, it's Ms Tame.
Not only is she someone who bravely used her own experience to spark a national conversation about sexual abuse, but she was rewarded by the government for doing just that.
There is a difference between criticising policy and personal attacks and I don't think this was a line Ms Tame crossed.
The freedom she exercised is the same right Senator Stoker had no problem in flexing on Tuesday when she hit back at Ms Tame's opinion.
While the Prime Minister said he didn't agree with Ms Tame's view, he said "we've got to find better ways to disagree" which included building from "a culture of respect in this country".
This comes from the man who said it was a "triumph of democracy" that March 4 Justice protesters were able to attend rallies last month without being shot.
"Not far from here, such marches, even now, are being met with bullets - but not here in this country," Mr Morrison said.
The bar is so low it's scraping against the floor.
This isn't a political issue, it's fundamental to how we function and if we can't hold our government to account then we've failed altogether.
There's a lot we don't get right in this country but one thing we should be proud to defend is our freedom of democracy.
My friend didn't risk her life for this.