The mix of draconian arrest laws for peaceful logging protesters and viciously inflammatory language from Minister Guy Barnett backed by premier Peter Gutwein leaves them with a heavy responsibility if there is violence against the campaigners, Bob Brown said in Hobart today.
“We call on the Legislative Council to reject the government’s anti-protest laws which I think are unconstitutional,” Brown said. “The government is determined to be twice-bitten. But the cost is in this island’s reputation. The government’s mounting rhetoric against decent, committed citizens who want nature protected is dangerous. Premier Gutwein should revisit the revolting outcome of President Trump’s failure to accord respect to his opponents in politics and in the general public.”
The Bob Brown Foundation’s takayna Ultra-marathon is going ahead early tomorrow morning at Waratah despite the minister’s backing for efforts to stop it. “We have 100 runners from around the country running to save the Tarkine. It should have had the Gutwein government’s support, not obstruction. But it is going ahead and it will bring the region excellent fame,” Brown said.