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Upper House Urged to Reject Proposed Amendments to Anti-Protester Legislation

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Thursday, 23 October 2014

Tags: Anti-Protest Laws, Legislative Council, Protest

The Legislative Council should reject the Hodgman government's proposed amended anti-protest legislation on the grounds that stakeholders' concerns have not been addressed.

"The amendments fail to address the overwhelming majority of stakeholders' concerns and the Legislative Council should stay strong and reject the Bill even in amended form," Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP said.

"No matter how hard Mr Harriss tries to polish the cowpat, it's still a cowpat."

"The Bill remains a radical and extremist attack on freedom of association, and should be consigned to the rubbish bin where it belongs."

"The amendments may also make the Bill more likely to be knocked off by the High Court as its mandatory sentencing provisions will become even more disproportionate," Mr McKim said.