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Democracy and COVID

David Ritter, Thursday, 7th May 2020 -  We are seeing a sharp withering of vital features of our democratic system, which matters intensely to everyone who cares about the climate emergency and the ecological crisis, writes David Ritter.

Opinion

Smear campaign against green activists, anti-protest laws and media restrictions in Australia

Contributor, Thursday, 6th February 2020 -  In an illuminating new article, CIVICUS Monitor highlights why Australia's civic space rating was recently downgraded to “narrowed”.

Analysis

Don’t believe the stereotype: These five charts show our democracy is safe in the hands of future voters

Contributor, Monday, 16th December 2019 -  It's not that young people don't like politics – they just want to do politics differently, write Mark Evans, Gerry Stoker and Max Halupka.

The best country in the world… but not for activism

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 5th December 2019 -  New research reveals Australia’s civil society is under increasing threat 

Opinion

Free speech has failed us

Contributor, Monday, 4th November 2019 -  In many cases more speech is not always in the best interests of truth or humanity, writes Dr Tim Dean.

Civil society takes up fight to make democracy equal again

Maggie Coggan, Wednesday, 25th September 2019 -  The multi-million dollar individual candidate spends seen in the 2019 federal election should be stopped warns a coalition of civil society groups, who are calling for an immediate cap on election spending.    

‘Trust is the glue that enables collective action for mutual benefit’

Wendy Williams, Tuesday, 24th September 2019 -  Trust in government and politicians is at an all time low, says the director of Democracy 2025, who warns a lack of trust could pose a threat to our democracy.

Hot Topic

Three good reasons to be grateful for whistleblowers

Oliver May, Tuesday, 11th June 2019 -  Australia’s new whistleblower protection legislation means many charities might need to change their approach to managing disclosures. But some of us also might need to change how we think about whistleblowing, writes Oliver May.

Fears media raids could silence advocacy

Maggie Coggan, Friday, 7th June 2019 -  Civil society groups have raised concerns over the threat the Australian Federal Police raids on journalists and news outlets pose to the ability of charity and advocacy groups to speak up for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in Australia.  
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