Silencing dissent – it’s a global thing

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gaggingYou know those gagging laws and clauses we’re faced with in UK? Well, don’t take it personally. It’s a global thing. In Australia, new conditions , which come into force on July 1st 2014, specifically state that organisations cannot use Commonwealth money for any activity directed towards law reform or advocacy. The federal government is starting with community legal centres. So what’s the point of law centres when they don’t speak out and challenge bad laws? In a rich country where indigenous peoples die early and are excluded from this wealth, strong oppositional action is required. We watch with interest, here and in Oz, to see just how uncivil society is willing to be, faced by unjust laws, inequality and repressive conditions.



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