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Type: Journal article
Title: Silencing of activism in Australian law
Author: Heath, M.
Burdon, P.
Citation: Alternative Law Journal�, 2017; 42(3):190-194
Publisher: Legal Service Bulletin Co-Operative Ltd.
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1037-969X
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Mary Heath, Peter Burdon
Abstract: Environmental destruction and climate change are driving new waves of environmental activism. In response, govern- ments in several Australian states have enacted legislation designed to penalise and silence political protest. This article analyses Tasmania’s anti-protest laws and considers how the United Nations and scholars have reacted to them. We argue that protest suppression laws such as these reflect a neoliberal rationality which conceptualises society in market terms. This mode of thinking perceives protest as market interference rather than civic participation. Accordingly, anti- protest laws seek to secure the rights and interests of corporations to unimpeded market access.
Keywords: Protest; dissent; environmental activism; climate change action; environmental NGOs
Rights: © The Author(s) 2017
DOI: 10.1177/1037969X17730193
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