Media Release: Anti-protest laws unnecessary as Tarkine defender penalised over tree-sit protest

Today’s court appearance in Hobart by Tarkine Defender Josh Nichols highlights that Tasmania already has laws in place to arrest and penalise protesters and there is no need for the proposed over-reach by Premier Will Hodgman with his proposed anti-protest laws.

Josh Nichols pleaded guilty to trespass and received a $300 fine.

“While the draconian anti-protest laws passed the lower house of Tasmanian Parliament last week, they are not due to be debated and considered in the upper house until April 2020. This gives Tasmanians the summer months to lobby legislative councillors as to why the law should be thrown out,” Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

"Today is an example of someone taking a stand for the environment and receiving a penalty. People like Josh are brave heroes, just like those who stopped the Franklin Dam. Future generations will be thankful for their sacrifice and hard work defending the environment and climate," Jenny Weber said.

"Police already have numerous powers to remove and charge people defending forests from destruction. Activists can already face jail terms for non-violent action. Any new laws, such as these new anti-protest laws are unnecessary, harsh and excessive," Jenny Weber said.

“I’m more than happy with what I did to protect the Sumac forests. These forests are like my home; the giant eucalyptus I was tree sitting in should remain standing for the benefits intact forests bring to the climate. We need all stands of old growth forests to be protected,” Josh Nichols said.

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