by Will Potter on September 2, 2014
It could soon become illegal to protest logging, fracking, or any issue in Tasmania if it may “impede or obstruct the carrying out of business activities.”
The “Workplaces (Protection From Protesters) Bill” is a direct response to environmentalists protesting the logging of Australia’s ancient forests. The Liberal Party made campaign promises that they would protect the logging industry and shut down protesters, and now they’re trying to follow through.
The bill includes on-the-spot fines of up to $10,000, and a mandatory three-month jail sentence for second offenses. It would be the first time mandatory sentences have ever been imposed in Tasmania.
And any organizations that “incite or encourage this illegal behaviour” could be fined up to $100,000.