The last decade since the Howard government came to power has seen a dramatic change in the democratic model underlying the relationship between NGOs and the government. However, to date, few in the NGO sector seem aware of the theoretical model which is impacting on them. As a result, there has been little discussion of this issue and its implications for Australian democracy. Understanding the theory behind the changes in NGO/government relationship may be valuable for NGOs in making sense of the different attacks which they have experienced, in understanding the coherent nature of the attacks, and in formulating a strategic response. However, most importantly, its democratic implications are worthy of wider debate in the general community.
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Joan Staples, "NGOs Out In the Cold: Howard Government Policy Towards NGOs" (January 2007). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series. Working Paper 8.