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Tasmania has a long, proud history of citizens standing up for places they love – Lake Pedder, the Franklin River, Wesley Vale, the Tamar Valley, Ralphs Bay and our beautiful forests.

In a time when young people are striking for climate, fighting for justice for Aboriginal people, standing up against new coal mines, protecting our carbon rich forests, the Liberals are threatening to lock them up simply for standing up. We are dealing with a government that is marching us towards a police state.

The Liberals first attempt at these laws was found to be unconstitutional by the High Court. These proposed updated anti-protest laws go further by criminalising peaceful protest on public roads and footpaths, public lands and public waterways.

We must continue to resist the authoritarian agenda that the Hodgman Government is now pursuing in the interests of business with greater fervour than ever before.


What Can I Do?

The bill has already passed the House of Assembly, but you can write to your local Legislative Council member to tell them you want them to vote against the Bill.

You can also write to Madeleine Ogilvie and ask her to back down from her position, and support our repeal bill when we bring it on for debate.


In Parliament and the Media

WorkSafe Tasmania Referral of Bob Brown Foundation

You and Mr Barnett issued a joint media statement on the morning of 21 February that stated that you had referred the Bob Brown Foundation to WorkSafe.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 4 March 2020

WorkSafe Tasmania Prohibition Notice on Bob Brown Foundation

Did the Attorney-General or Mr Barnett give you the heads up about the prohibition notice that WorkSafe Tasmania tried to slap on the Bob Brown Foundation?
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Greens Refer Barnett, Archer and WorkSafe CEO to Integrity Commission

The Tasmanian Greens have today written to the Integrity Commissioner asking him to investigate allegations of the serious misconduct.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 27 February 2020

Lapoinya Logging Plans

The Gutwein Government are heading back to log Myalla Spur at Lapoinya.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Priorities of Government

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Anti-Protest Legislation

Cassy O'Connor rises on the adjournment to criticise the Government's anti-protest legislation.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Speech  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

If it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to erode democratic rights with anti-protest laws, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 28 November 2019

Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019

As a child, I remember some part of me just knew that that was a possibility. If all else failed, I could go to the streets to make my voice known.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019

Whatever we call it, this is a dog of a bill that is designed to take away the freedoms that Tasmanians have enjoyed to peacefully protest.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Legislation  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Anti-Protest Legislation

Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over the Government's aggressive approach to protesters.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Greens Call on TCCI to Withdraw Support for Draconian Anti-Protest Laws

The Greens have today written to the TCCI asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Right to Protest

Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the anti-protest laws tabled by the Government.
Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Speech  |  Thursday, 14 November 2019

Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over their second attempt at anti-protest legislation following the High Court's invalidation of the original laws.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 14 November 2019

Hodgman Liberals Marching Tasmania Towards a Police State

The Liberals are determined to stifle the right to peaceful protest in Tasmania.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 14 November 2019

Hundreds of Thousands Wasted on Liberals' Draconian Protest Laws

The enormity of legal costs of the corporate driven and politically motivated laws has been revealed at $355,000. 
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 17 January 2019

Right to Peaceful Protest Law - High Court Decision

The entire country now knows a bad law brought in by the Government has led to a landmark High Court decision affirming the right to peaceful protest, the right to stand up to protect the environment.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Thursday, 19 October 2017

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

In a massive slap in the face to the Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian anti-protest laws.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

In a massive, justly deserved slap in the face to the Tasmanian Liberals, their draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Greens' Leader Stands By Lyons Candidate

The Green movement has a proud history of standing in defiance of unjust laws which are against the public interest.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 1 May 2017

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

If Tasmanians needed any more proof that the draconian anti-protest laws are unworkable, ridiculous law, they have it today with charges against every Lapoinya arrestee dropped.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Friday, 3 June 2016

Collision Course for High Court

Tasmania’s draconian Anti Protest Law is heading for a High Court challenge after the Government voted against a Greens bill to repeal the legislation.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hodgman Running Scared from High Court on Anti-Protest Laws

The Government has promised that the laws would not apply to mum and dad protestors, but at Lapoinya not only mums were charged but grandads as well.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Question  |  Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

The decision by Tasmania Police to drop charges against Bob Brown is further evidence we'd be far better off without the Liberals' protester laws.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Time to Repeal the Anti-Protest Laws

With the resignation of Minister Harriss and a High Court challenge under way, now is the right to time for the Government to admit its mistake and to repeal their anti-protest laws.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 17 March 2016

Anti-Protest Laws to be Challenged in High Court

Tasmania's draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws will be tested in the High Court and we applaud those who are prepared to challenge this extreme legislation.
Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 10 March 2016

Anti-Protest Bill Passed-But Unworkable

People who care about a healthy democracy will be mourning the passage of the government's extreme anti-protest legislation.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Anti-Protest Bill Gagged - Again

The government's gag on the anti-protest legislation means that fifty amendments will have less than 5 minutes each to be scrutinised.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Anti-Protest Bill is Unworkable Mess

The anti-protest Bill which passed through the Legislative Council this afternoon is an unworkable mess presided over by an incompetent Forests Minister.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Legal Experts Further Critique Anti-Protest Bill

Not even Australia's harsh anti-terrorism laws include mandatory imprisonment provisions such as those in the Hodgman government’s anti-protest legislation.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Upper House Urged to Reject Proposed Amendments to Anti-Protester Legislation

The Legislative Council should reject the Hodgman government's proposed amended anti-protest legislation.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 23 October 2014

Anti-Protest Bill Beyond Fixing

The proposed amendments to the Hodgman government’s controversial anti-protest laws do nothing to address the major concerns.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Anti-Protest Bill

The Hodgman government must scrap its fundamentally flawed Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Arrogant Harriss Must Withdraw Anti-Protest Bill

Minister Harriss must withdraw his Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Bill 2014 in light of the UN Human Rights Commission’s damning critique.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Anti Protest Laws Questions Continue

The government is refusing to confirm or deny whether advice was sought on the constitutionality of the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Thursday, 21 August 2014

Legal Advice Concerns Grow

The Liberal government is refusing to listen to constitutional and legal experts.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Anti Protest Legal Advice

The government’s anti-protest laws carry “...a high risk of capturing individuals who would not in any sense be characterised as extremist”.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 18 August 2014

Anti-Protest Laws Unconstitutional?

After using constitutional uncertainty to justify voting against marriage equality, Premier Will Hodgman must now reconsider his draconian anti-protest laws.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Anti-Protestor Laws 'Unconstitutional'

Professor George Williams has described the Tasmanian Liberals’ anti-protest legislation as “...on quite shaky constitutional ground”.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 14 July 2014

Liberals' Anti-Protester Push

The draconian anti-protest Bill tabled today by Minister for Resources Paul Harriss is worse than previously thought.
Nick Mckim  |  Media Release  |  Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Anti-Protest Laws Rejected

The Hodgman Liberal government is quickly developing a reputation for being draconian, divisive and anti-democratic.
Kim Booth  |  Media Release  |  Monday, 23 June 2014