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    Silencing Dissent: How the Australian government is controlling public opinion and stifling public debate

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Silencing Dissent

How the Australian government is controlling public opinion and stifling debate

For 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. [Source]

Publication details

Title: Silencing Dissent
Subtitle: How the Australian government is controlling public opinion and stifling debate
ISBN: 978 174175 101 7
Editors: Clive Hamilton and Sarah Maddison
Foreword: Prof Robert Manne
Authors: Geoffrey Barker, Helen Ester, Harry Evans, Clive Hamilton, Ian Lowe, Andrew Macintosh, Stuart Macintyre, Sarah Maddison and Andrew Wilkie
Genre: Society/Politics, Essays
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Website: www.silencingdissent.com.au
Pages: 279
Dimensions: 195 x 110 x 22
Price: $24.95

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