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Archer Confirms Anti-Protest Laws Based on Lies

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 6 June 2022

Tags: Forests, Native Forest Logging, Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Attorney General confirmed in this afternoon’s Workplace Safety Estimates hearings there have been zero injuries or reports to WorkSafe at logging protests. 
The Liberals pushed their draconian anti-protest Bill through the House of Assembly, with Labor’s support, claiming it was all about worker safety. Ms Archer’s response to the Greens’ questions today reveal that is a lie. 
The Greens asked how many incidents where protests have caused injury had been reported to Worksafe since 2014. The answer is zero. 
Ms Archer’s answer confirmed the Liberals’ Police Offences (Amendment) Bill 2022 is nothing more than an attempt to criminalise peaceful protest and enable corporate profit at the environment’s expense. It’s not surprising, but it exposes the Liberals’ rank politics. 
We hope Legislative Council members are paying attention, and we sincerely hope Labor will realise their grave mistake and vote against the Bill.