Upper House Scathing on Anti-Protest Legislation
In a major embarrassment to the government, the Legislative Council has refused to send the radical anti-protest legislation to a parliamentary committee, with many MLCs scathingly critical of the Bill.
“This is a major embarrassment for the government. The Bill was supposedly so urgent that it was guillotined through the Lower House, and now it is languishing in the Upper House with no guarantee that it has the numbers to pass,” said Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP.
“Paul Harriss has got egg all over his face. He has introduced sloppily drafted legislation that would have prevented ordinary Tasmanians from freely expressing a political opinion, and the Upper House has seen straight through him.”
“Many Upper House members were understandably scathing about the legislation, and questions now need to be asked about Mr Harriss’ competence as a Minister, and the competence of a Cabinet that approved the Bill for introduction to the Parliament,” Mr McKim said.