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Advocates say nation’s FOI system is under attack

Luke Michael, Monday, 15th March 2021 -  A campaign from the Grata Fund is trying to make it easier for Australians to access government information

Opinion

Whatever happens in the US elections, the work ahead does not change

David Ritter, Thursday, 5th November 2020 -  It is time to think about the most effective thing that each of us can do next, according to our capacity, power and ability to leave the world a better place, writes David Ritter.

Analysis

Research reveals shocking detail on how Australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced

Contributor, Wednesday, 9th September 2020 -  As Don Driscoll and his colleagues write, scientists in government, industry and universities are being gagged from communicating the evidence on critical environmental issues. Often, this means the facts don’t reach the public or government minist

Opinion

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.    
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