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Incitement of Violence on Hong Kong Protesters Must be Condemned

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

In reposting an article that states Hong Kong independence protesters should be ‘executed’, the Tasmanian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China (CPPRC) appears to be openly inciting violence.

This is an alarming development which will send a shudder of fear through every Tasmanian-based international students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China who support freedom for Hong Kong.

Pro-Beijing Forces on UTAS Campus Tear Down Lennon Wall

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

Attempts to stifle freedom of expression on the UTAS campus should be condemned in the strongest terms by the Tasmanian Government.

For the second time in as many weeks, pro-Beijing students have torn down the symbolic Lennon Wall in the UTAS student lounge at the Sandy Bay campus, breaking the hearts of international students from Hong Kong, Taiwan and those from mainland China who dream of freedom from the totalitarian Chinese Government.

Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader 

In a massive, justly deserved slap in the face to the Tasmanian Liberals, their draconian, undemocratic anti-protest laws have been found to be in breach of the Australian Constitution by the High Court.

The High Court today found in favour of former Greens' Leader, Bob Brown's challenge to the Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014, in an overwhelming majority judgment that found the Tasmanian law contravenes the implied right of communication in the Australian Constitution.

Rockliff Must Investigate Biddulph Gag

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Education spokesperson

The Education Minister must immediately investigate the full circumstances which led to the attempted gag of Steve Biddulph.  A government gag of an individual expressing their opinion is unconscionable and goes against all rights of free speech.

Mr Biddulph, a child development expert, was a critic of lowering the school starting age.  During the Education Act debate he presented cited evidence to back up his concerns.

Collision Course for High Court

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader    

Tasmania’s draconian Anti Protest Law is heading for a High Court challenge after the Government voted against a Greens bill to repeal the legislation. 

There will be legal manoeuvres in coming weeks and months by the government to avoid a full hearing in the High Court.

The Liberals will try every trick in the book to avoid having this sham law tested but we hope and are advised they will most likely fail and that Tasmanians concerned about this law will have their day in court.

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