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Silencing Dissent

How the Australian Government is Controlling Public Opinion and Stifling Debate

Clive Hamilton

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Silencing Dissent is a timely, disturbing and unnerving book'from the foreword by Robert ManneFor over a decade, the Howard government has found ways to silence its critics, one by one. Like the proverbial frog in boiling water, Australians have become accustomed to repeated attacks on respected individuals and organisations. For a government which claims to support freedom of speech and freedom of choice, only certain kinds of speech and choices appear to be acceptable.Silencing Dissent uncovers the tactics used by John Howard and his colleagues to undermine dissenting and independent opinion. Bullying, intimidation, public denigration, threats of withdrawal of funding, personal harassment, increased government red tape and manipulation of the rules are all tools of trade for a government that wants to keep a lid on public debate. The victims are charities, academics, researchers, journalists, judges, public sector organisations, even parliament itself.Deeply disturbing, Silencing Dissent raises serious questions about the state of democracy in Australia.

Sarah Maddison lectures in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of NSW and is author of Activist Wisdom.


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Seitenzahl 300 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.02.2007
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781741761191
Verlag Allen & Unwin
Dateigröße 447 KB


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