Activists in Australia provide much needed support and solidarity to social change, pro-democracy and justice movements around the world.
Solidarity movements and organisations in Australia have played valuable roles in the creation of independence of East Timor, the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, and the end of the Marcos regime in the Philippines or French nuclear testing in the Pacific.
Solidarity movements may be focusing on regions such as the Asia or the Pacific, particular countries or particular conflicts such as Israel-Palestine. Many solidarity groups focus on human rights, democracy or national independence and are in direct or indirect contact with a wide range of international organisations and networks.
One of the most important legal changes to potentially affect solidarity activists is the controversial powers of the Australian Government to ban or ‘proscribe' overseas organisations under the counter-terrorism laws.
Australia's new ‘counter-terrorism' laws give the government extensive power to ban organisations on the grounds that they are terrorist organisations. Once an organisation has been banned by the government, many sorts of dealings with the organisation or its assets become criminal offences.
The number of organisations which are liable to be banned is very great, and includes a wide range of activist, national liberation and solidarity organisations.
Also see the Impact of counter-terrorism laws section.