Withholding government funding: a breach of freedom of political communication

Gray, Anthony (2013) Withholding government funding: a breach of freedom of political communication. Alternative Law Journal, 38 (4). pp. 218-222. ISSN 1037-969X


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This paper argues reflects on increased incidences of 'gag' clauses in funding contracts with community service providers. Such clauses require, as a condition of government funding, that the funded provider not engage in advocacy. The paper mounts an argument that such a condition is a breach of the implied freedom of political communication, by silencing a community body that would otherwise contribute to public debate on contentious issues, a body providing a platform for voices that may otherwise be marginalised from political debate.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright: Legal Service Bulletin Co-Operative Ltd., Monash University.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2014 05:59
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2015 04:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: freedom of communication, Lange, implied rights, advocacy, community legal centre
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940203 Political Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24498

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