Today’s announcement by the Tasmanian Labor party of draconian new anti-protest laws comes hard on the heels of similar laws being rejected by the Tasmanian Parliament, with Labor MLCs, joining independents to vote down the failed laws.
This policy hypocrisy is a crass attempt to outdo the Liberal government’s failed attempt to stifle peaceful protest in Tasmania.
This policy has nothing to do with protecting jobs and is simply a desperate attempt to use Bob Brown Foundation, as a whipping post. These proposed laws will have far-reaching impacts on the rights of all citizens peacefully protesting about issue they care about.
The best way for the ALP to protect jobs in the forest industry is to accept that native forest logging is an outdated, destructive practice and to usher in a plantation-based forest industry.
“We have a problem in Tasmania – the ongoing logging of wildlife-filled native forests”, Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said today.
“We also have a solution – transition the industry into existing plantations, protecting native forests and addressing the biodiversity crisis, tackling climate change and protecting jobs in the process.”
“These proposed laws will do nothing to stop Bob Brown Foundation from peacefully protesting against the needless invasion and destruction of Tasmania’s public native forests”, Jenny Weber said.