Across Australia, Labor and Liberal governments are cracking down on the right to protest. Their motivation is clear: both parties care more about the fossil-fuel industry than the environment.
Lyndal Rowlands is an Australian freelance journalist and recipient of the UN Correspondents Association Prize for climate journalism.
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