Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bob Brown's lawyer argues Tasmania's anti-protest laws designed to stop free speech

The “true purpose” of Tasmanian anti-protest laws is not to protect businesses but to stop political communication such as environmental campaigns, Bob Brown’s lawyers have told the high court.
Bob Brown was arrested in January 2016 at an
anti-logging protest in the Lapoinya state forest in
 Tasmania’s north-west.
On Tuesday the high court held the first day of the full hearing of Brown’s challenge to the controversial Tasmanian anti-protest laws after he was arrested in January 2016 at Lapoinya state forest near Burnie in Tasmania’s north-west.

The Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 prohibits protesters from “preventing, hindering or obstructing” businesses, even in public areas such as state forests or the access points to areas where commercial activities are conducted, if they ought to have known the impact their political activity would have on the business.

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