Silencing of Activism in Australian Law

Heath, M., & Burdon, P. (2017). Silencing of Activism in Australian Law. Alternative Law Journal, 42(3), 190-194.

9 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2018

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Mary Heath

Flinders University - School of Law

Peter D. Burdon

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: February 27, 2018

Abstract

Environmental destruction and climate change are driving new waves of environmental activism. In response, governments 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 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

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Heath, Mary and Burdon, Peter D., Silencing of Activism in Australian Law (February 27, 2018). Heath, M., & Burdon, P. (2017). Silencing of Activism in Australian Law. Alternative Law Journal, 42(3), 190-194., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3131348

Mary Heath

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia

Peter D. Burdon (Contact Author)

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/peter.d.burdon

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