Bob Brown Foundation is calling for Tasmania’s anti-protest laws to be scrapped, with a demonstration today in Hobart.
A group will be raising awareness in the Hobart CBD this morning, dressed as silenced, restrained prisoners, while a state minister and industry representative make deals behind their backs. The prisoners will represent the diverse range of people, including teachers, students, parents and managers, who will be affected by these harsh laws.
“As five people appear in Hobart’s Magistrate court this morning for protests in takayna, this demonstration is to oppose the government’s unnecessary and draconian anti-protest laws. Police already have numerous powers to remove and charge people engaged in non-violent direct actions in Tasmania and activists can face jail terms for non-violent action. These new anti-protest laws are unnecessary, harsh and excessive,” Bob Brown Foundation's Jenny Weber said today.
"The right to protest is fundamental to a robust democracy. From land rights, the environment, equality and workers’ rights, peaceful protest has been an integral part of Australia’s healthy democracy. Peaceful protests have protected Tasmania’s outstanding wild places, including the Franklin River, Styx Valley of the Giants and wildlife-rich native forests around the state, along with the jobs, economic activity and public amenity they provide.
Public submissions on the proposed legislation close tomorrow, and we have already seen over 2700 submissions opposing these laws. It’s vital that people know the government is wasting taxpayers' money and parliamentary time with this attack on democracy,” Ms Weber said.
People can join the campaign to halt these draconian laws here: https://globalvoices.good.do/raiseyourvoicefordemocracy/raiseyourvoicefordemocracy/