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The story of Magna Carta is essential to understanding Australian democracy. When colonial leader William Wentworth demanded self-government, he invoked rights established by Magna Carta in a conscious and effective appeal to centuries of conflict and collective memory. This is the tale of the importance of history and culture in securing rights, and how the Great Charter is an indelible symbol of freedom.
The IPA commissioned this important work from historian and IPA Adjunct Fellow, Dr Zachary Gorman, as a successor to the 2015 book by John Roskam and Chris Berg, Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt that Gave Us Liberty. After the unprecedent restrictions imposed by Governments in 2020, its theme that many generations across many countries in the English speaking world have needed to summon Magna Carta to protect their freedoms is more relevant than ever.