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Marching orders: The law versus climate activists

With IPCC scientists warning that humanity is on its “final warning”, momentum for action on the climate crisis is high. But so too is resistance from vested interests and from politicians and lawmakers determined to shut down protests. In this short documentary, Sean Ruse goes inside the climate movement to report on the collision.

Video report by Sean Ruse

Update: Activist and retired academic Elizabeth Hartrick, featured in this report, entered a plea deal and was issued with a two-year conditional release order – similar to a good behaviour bond. Brad Homewood, activist and concrete truck driver, is pleading not guilty to charges and will face court later this year. Cases involving other activists, represented by lawyer Mark Davis, are proceeding through the courts this week.


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THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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