Tasmania's government joined the industries responsible for climate change and species extinction for their anti-protest laws announcement. In the third attempt after previous monumental failures, Premier Gutwein’s government are choosing to penalise Tasmania’s defenders over real and urgent climate action.
“This is Peter Gutwein following Paul Lennon and Robyn Gray in dancing to the jig of corporate exploiters against the wider public wish to keep Tasmania beautiful. I thought he knew better, but I was wrong,” said Bob Brown, Environmentalist and Patron of Bob Brown Foundation.
“Australia’s Liberal governments in Tasmania and NSW are hand-in-hand proposing harsher penalties on protesters who are calling for climate action. In both states, this move should be rejected by Labor. In a time when we face a brief, rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable future for all, governments need to choose climate action over penalising Earth defenders,” Bob Brown Foundation’s Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.
“Harsher penalties on citizens and non-governmental organisations for participation in non-violent protests is not the solution to the problems we face over logging, mining and Tasmania’s toxic salmon industry. Nature-based solutions – protecting native forests, takayna / Tarkine and marine environments for climate, wildlife and environmental benefits – are responses the majority of citizens want our governments to be legislating for,” Jenny Weber said.