Tell Bill Shorten and Labor to Defend our Democracy

Right now, the Labor Party are considering support for laws that threaten our ability to speak out for a fairer future.

A healthy democracy relies on the ability of charities and everyday citizens to speak up and take action on the issues that matter to them.

Over the past few months, the AYCC and Seed have been campaigning against toxic legislation that threatens our ability to protest, fundraise and speak out for a safe climate future. Now, Labor are considering support for one bill that would criminalise forms of peaceful protest and preventing us working together with climate justice groups internationally.

Youth-led protest has played a crucial role in social movements throughout history - from the civil rights movement, to major environmental campaigns and defending the rights of working people. Labor has a strong history of speaking up for unions and workers - let’s remind them of that and make sure they stand up for our democracy now.

Email Bill Shorten with your message today.

What’s this legislation about?

Labor is currently considering the Espionage bill, which is designed to discourage political dissent and whistleblowing. Any public opposition against the government's agenda will be more dangerous under this bill. Under these laws you risk jail-time for having a peaceful protest outside political offices or “causing damage to Australia’s international reputation”. This is one of three toxic bills that the Coalition Government proposed last year in an attack on charitable organisations.

What should my email say?

We drafted a small message for you, but we encourage you to rewrite it and make it your own.

Here are some ideas to get you started on a subject line: make it uniquely yours!

  • Protect our right to protest and speak up
  • Stand up for our democratic rights
  • Protect our charities from attacks on advocacy

In your email, you could include a story about the work of a charity or grassroots group that you’re passionate about, or a personal message about why speaking up in our democracy matters to you. If we keep up this pressure we can make sure these bills are dumped for good, and ensure we can continue fighting for climate justice.