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Safeguarding democracy: attacks mount across Australia

“Open government, a free press, a strong and diverse civil society and the rule of law are some of the vital foundations of our democracy. Yet we are witnessing an unmistakeable trend in Australia of governments eroding these foundations with new laws and practices that entrench secrecy and stifle criticism and accountability” – Human Rights Law Centre Executive Director Hugh de Kretser.

Our democracy in Australia is under attack on many fronts.  Many of these are from political parties who want to push through their agenda with the least amount of opposition. Here in Tasmania the protest laws brought in by the Hodgman Government in 2014 is one of these threats to our society. This and other attacks are detailed in a Human Rights Law Centre report released on Monday. The Centre’s recommendation to our government is to repeal the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014. Click here to read this report.

There’s a petition to our House of Assembly to repeal the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014. You can sign the petition here.

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