Media Release: Tasmanian Government must end campaign to lock up peaceful protesters

The Tasmanian Government has called for public submissions on its failed anti-protest laws in another attempt to breathe life into the most draconian anti-protest laws in Australia.

“Neither the Premier nor the Minister can ban human nature and people’s love for nature but that is what they aim to do with these nasty laws. A better strategy would be to outlaw the progressive destruction of Tasmania’s natural beauty by profiteers, who are increasingly out-of-state and with no regard for Tasmanians. These laws will end up putting good, sincere people, from all walks of life, in jail. They will not stop peaceful protests against the invasion of rainforests and other ecosystems. I, for one, have no intention of abandoning our forests and wildlife to needless destruction for the publicly-subsidised and job-sparse export woodchip industry," Bob Brown said.

"The Tasmanian people, through the State Parliament, have rejected these laws twice. Tasmania’s Liberal government’s first attempt was knocked out by the High Court and cost the taxpayer more than $100,000. The government needs to stop wasting time and money on laws to protect their ruthless destruction of Tasmania’s wild places. Premier Gutwein needs to give up on threatening our democracy. We are urging Tasmanian Labor and independents to continue to oppose this attack on our democracy," said Jenny Weber.

“A critical question to Premier Gutwein – will this bill allow right-wing groups opposed to vaccinations to protest outside hospitals but not allow forest savers the same rights in Tasmania’s native forests, oceans and iconic kunanyi / Mt Wellington?” said Jenny Weber.


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2021-09-03 11:16:37 +1000