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Australia’s COVID response could be undermining democracy. Why is civil society staying silent?

Neil Pharaoh, Monday, 13th September 2021 -  The social sector needs to find the will to drive politicians to deliver funding and policy decisions that will lead us to build back better, write Neil Pharaoh and Angus Crowther.

People power prevails in face of great challenges

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 31st May 2021 -  The annual CIVICUS report highlights the role of civil society and the challenges that lie ahead

Putting democracy back in the hands of the people

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 19th May 2021 -  “Government decisions are not being made in the interests of the community and the planet, but for vested interests, such as the fossil fuel industry” 

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 
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