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Anti-Protest Bill

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Tags: Anti-Protest Laws, Protest

The Hodgman government must scrap its fundamentally flawed Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Bill 2014, rather than waste the Legislative Council’s time trying to tinker around the edges.

“The government is descending into farce, and is now just making it up as it goes along in a classic demonstration of policy on the run,” Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP said.

‘What a shambles. For months the government has been telling Tasmanians that the Bill is fine, and now they are continuing the con by pretending that its fatal flaws can be fixed by amendment.”

“No amount of government spin can hide the fact that the Bill is fundamentally flawed. Trying to amend it is like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound – it just won’t work.”

“The simple fact is Tasmania already has laws in place that deal with offences such as trespass.”

“The Liberals’ radical agenda to demonise and disenfranchise has no place in a modern Tasmania. We urge Legislative Councillors to see through this latest try-on by the government and reject the Bill due to its fundamental flaws.”

“The Premier needs to seriously consider whether he is prepared to continue to discredit Tasmania’s reputation in the eyes of the national and international community,” Mr McKim said.