High Court victory for Bob Brown’s challenge to Tasmania’s anti-protest laws

Today is a great day for the forests, wildlife and all of nature in Tasmania and around Australia. And a great day for the fundamental right of Australians to peaceful protest.

Australia’s High Court handed down its judgment today in the case brought by former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown and Tasmanian nurse Jessica Hoyt that challenged the constitutional validity of Tasmania’s anti-protest laws.

‘This judgement puts a brake on corporations wanting communities sidelined so they can plunder Tasmania’s unique and job-rich environment, not least its ancient rainforests and tall eucalypts,’ Bob Brown said.

 

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High Court strikes down Tasmania’s excessive anti-protest laws

IMG_8036.jpgBob Brown and Jessica Hoyt outside the High Court of Australia, Canberra

 

The High Court of Australia has ruled that Tasmania’s excessive anti-protest laws violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution.

This morning, the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in a landmark case which argued that Tasmania’s excessive anti-protest laws violate the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution. Former Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and Tasmanian nurse Jessica Hoyt challenged the excessive anti-protest laws.

‘I am delighted with the judgment by the High Court of Australia’, Bob Brown said.

‘Today is a great day for the forests, wildlife and all of nature in Tasmania and around Australia. And a great day for the fundamental right of Australians to peaceful protest,’ Bob Brown said

‘This judgement puts a brake on corporations wanting communities sidelined so they can plunder Tasmania’s unique and job-rich environment, not least its ancient rainforests and tall eucalypts,’ Bob Brown said.

‘Those calling for harsh penalties against peaceful citizens protesting Adani mine have been put back in their place by the High Court,’ Bob Brown said.

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Hodgman Must Now Demonstrate Maturity – Don’t treat takayna / Tarkine as political football

“Aboriginal heritage in takayna is one step closer to permanent protection, with federal agreement that the Hodgman government cannot continue its destruction there without assessment and federal approval. This is what Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has been seeking in court hearings since 2014. A major achievement for us on our way to Aboriginal control and protection of our own heritage,” Sharnie Read, spokesperson for Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre said.

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Tasmanian Premier should abandon plans to damage National Heritage listed takayna / Tarkine coast

In an embarrassing blow for the Tasmanian government’s attempt to open controversial off-road vehicle tracks on the takayna / Tarkine coast, today the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has decided that the tracks cannot proceed without assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.  

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Call to Frydenberg to keep Tarkine tracks closed

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The Bob Brown Foundation will host a peaceful demonstration at Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office in Melbourne this morning, calling for protection of the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in the Tarkine wilderness.


When: Today at 9:30AM
Where: Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg’s office in Kooyong.

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Renowned Wilderness Man, Les Southwell, Dies Aged 88.

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

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Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

 

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Labor Abandon Globally Significant Aboriginal and Natural Values in Tarkine

The Bob Brown Foundation says most Tasmanians will be bitterly disappointed by the Tasmanian Opposition Leader’s statement this morning on Hobart’s ABC radio that she will support the decision of the Federal Environment Minister if he allows the tracks on takayna / Tarkine coast to be accessed by off-road vehicles. This comes after Federal Labor Senators voted against protecting Aboriginal heritage on takayna / Tarkine coast in the Senate yesterday.

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Okehampton Bay Court Proceedings Put Off

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Federal Court proceedings by three groups opposed to Tassal’s fish farm at Okehampton Bay on Tasmania’s east coast have been put off, Bob Brown Foundation said today.

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Federal Court challenge to Commonwealth decision to approve Tassal fish farm

A unique combination of tourism and environment groups have today filed proceedings in the Federal Court challenging the Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg's failure to adequately assess Tassal's proposed Atlantic salmon fish farm at Okehampton Bay, on Tasmania's east coast.

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Turnbull will have whales' blood on his hands - Brown

After the decision by Sea Shepherd that it cannot match the military operation of the Japanese whaling fleet in Australia's Antarctic territorial waters, the blood of the whale slaughter will be on the hands of the Turnbull government, Bob Brown, the former chair of Sea Shepherd Australia said in Hobart this morning.

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