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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.

Sign the petition on Anti-protest laws (closes Friday, 28 February 2020 - 11:00pm).

 

In Parliament and the Media

Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Adjournment - Priorities of Government

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the Government's prioritisation of political legislation over meaningful policies.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Adjournment - Anti-Protest Legislation

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor rises on the adjournment to criticise the Government's anti-protest legislation.



Media Release

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Liberals, Ogilvie Vote to Gag Democracy

Cassy O'Connor MP - As if it wasn’t chilling enough for the Liberals to seek to erode the democratic rights of all Tasmanians with their anti-peaceful protest law, today they gagged debate on the legislation itself.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff delivers a second reading for the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019, reflecting on the role historic protests have played in shaping Tasmania and Australia.



Speech

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019 - Second Reading

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor delivers a second reading speech for the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Amendment Bill 2019, which seeks to make broad offences relating to impeding business activities.



Question

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Anti-Protest Legislation

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over the Government's aggressive approach to protesters.



Media Release

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

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

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Greens have today written to the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) asking them to withdraw their support for the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill. 



Speech

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Adjournment - Right to Protest

Rosalie Woodruff MP - Rosalie Woodruff speaks during the Adjournment on the anti-protest laws tabled by the Government.



Question

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - Cassy O'Connor questions the premier over their second attempt at anti-protest legislation following the High Court's invalidation of the original laws.



Media Release

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Hodgman Liberals Marching Tasmania Towards a Police State

Cassy O'Connor MP - The Liberals are determined to stifle the right to peaceful protest in Tasmania. At 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.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Hundreds of Thousands Wasted on Liberals’ Draconian Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - The enormity of legal costs of the corporate driven and politically motivated laws has been revealed at $355,000 - all to be paid for by the Tasmanian taxpayer. 



Question

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Right to Peaceful Protest Law - High Court Decision

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

The entire country now knows a bad law brought in by your Government has led to a landmark High Court decision affirming the right to peaceful protest, the right to stand up to protect the environment. Environmentalists and unionist all over Australia are thanking you for giving Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt the opportunity to affirm this fundamental right and freedom of political expression in our democracy.



Question

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act - High Court Challenge

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN

In a massive slap in the face to your Government, the High Court has just ruled in favour of former Greens leader Bob Brown's challenge to your Government's draconian antiprotest laws. The High Court has determined that your Government's Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act violates the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution. Your efforts to silence dissent and peaceful protest in Tasmania are in breach of the Constitution.



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Monday, 1 May 2017

Greens' Leader Stands By Lyons Candidate

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

The Green movement has a proud history of standing in defiance of unjust laws which are against the public interest.

As Greens' Leader and a lifelong environmental and social justice activist, I absolutely stand by Fraser Brindley and his statement about challenging the law when it is in the public interest to do so.



Media Release

Friday, 3 June 2016

Liberal Fail on Dud Anti-Protester Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Media Release

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Collision Course for High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP - 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.



Question

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hodgman Running Scared from High Court on Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP -

Ms O'CONNOR question to PREMIER, Mr HODGMAN



Media Release

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Time to Scrap Liberals' Protest Laws

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader 

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.

The Greens have tabled in parliament a bill to repeal the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 and we will be bringing this on for debate in our Private Members time, next Wednesday.



Media Release

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Time to Repeal the Anti-Protest Laws

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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.

The Greens tabled the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Repeal Bill in Parliament today to revoke these extreme laws.



Media Release

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Anti-Protest Laws to be Challenged in High Court

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Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

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.

Good on Bob Brown and the Mum and Dad and Grand Dad protestors, as well as their legal team for standing up for the democratic right to peaceful protest and taking on the Hodgman Liberals.

The Liberals' anti-democratic protestor laws are an antiquated legacy of disgraced former Minister Harriss.  They should've gone when he did.



Media Release

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Arrogant Harriss Must Withdraw Anti-Protest Bill

Kim Booth - The Resources Minister, Paul Harriss, must drop his arrogant blustering and withdraw his undemocratic Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Bill 2014 in light of the UN Human Rights Commission’s damning critique.