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PULP MILL CORRUPTION PROTESTERS APPEALING BAIL CONDITIONS

What: Court Appeal

When: 2.15 pm Thursday November 26.

Where: Magistrates Court, Hobart.

35 Protesters will appeal the outrageous bail conditions imposed upon them after last weeks’ peaceful protest outside Parliament House. The hearing has now been set for this Thursday, November 26 at the Magistrates Court at 2.15pm.

The Labor Party demanded police remove the public from the steps of Parliament House who were gathered there calling for a Royal Commission into the corruption of the pulp mill assessment. Gardening guru, Peter Cundall, is amongst the protesters who are appealing these conditions.

Lucy Landon-Lane, spokesperson for Pulp the Mill said, “We feel that the bail conditions given to some of the people arrested last week are too extreme for the charge that we were given. Politicians have tried to silence public debate of the corruption surrounding Gunns pulp mill but the community will not be deterred.”

“All protesters were arrested for the minor offence of refusing to obey a lawful order, and some of us have been given the bail condition that we cannot return to the whole of the Hobart’s waterfront area until we go to court. This is nearly 2 months for many of us; and with summer festivals coming up; the Taste of Tasmania; Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race; Salamanca Market; even paying Hobart City Council rates will be difficult for many of us, especially those protesters who live in Hobart. People cannot even drive up Davey St or down Macquarie St.”
Lucy Landon-Lane, Anne Layton-Bennett

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