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Gutwein Liberals Try Third Attempt at Anti-Protest Laws

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Monday, 28 March 2022

Tags: Anti-Protest Laws, Protest, Freedom of Speech, Forests, Climate Change

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Guy Barnett surrounded himself with the usual anti-environment suspects as he unveiled new look anti-protest laws. This time, an amendment to the Police Offences Act – the same legislation currently being used to deal with protest actions. 

When will the Liberals learn they can’t arrest their way out of a climate and biodiversity crisis?

If its history doesn’t say enough, wheeling out Minister Barnett, instead of the Minister for Police tells you what you need to know about this legislation. It remains entirely designed as a political tool to target people who are fighting to save forests, the climate and Takayna from destruction and greed.

Released just in time for a Federal and Legislative Council elections, this Bill looks like an attempt to distract from the chaos in Peter Gutwein’s Cabinet.  

Two ministerial resignations, two reshuffles and a scandal surrounding the behaviour of two senior Cabinet Ministers, but hey, look over there at those naughty protesters.

When all else fails, Liberals revert to type, cracking down on freedom of speech and demonising the Greens and conservationists.

Tasmanians aren’t stupid, Premier. They can smell the desperation, and see through your slash and burn Minister’s climate change spin. 

We hope Labor will stick to their guns, and look forward to seeing this Bill fail if it makes its way to Parliament.  

The only part of the Bill that should be supported is its repeal of the unconstitutional Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act of 2014.