“Tasmania’s Legislative Council has done its job as a house of review and stopped the Gutwein government’s effort to rob Tasmanians of their right to protest against unpopular policies. The government has failed, again, in its bid to give a few corporate forest invaders priority over the interests of fair-minded Tasmanians,” Bob Brown said today after the bill was voted down 8 – 6.
“Our Foundation will continue to carry out the long-held democratic right to protest for protection of Tasmania’s environment. We stand by our impeccable record that our Foundation and forest protesters in Tasmania have never damaged property nor threatened violence. We have a proud record of non-violent direct action. Some MLCs during the debate wrongly suggested otherwise,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“The right to protest should be enshrined by our political leaders rather than curtailed and in Tasmania’s Upper House today it was,” Jenny Weber said.