Tasmanian farmers today welcomed the passage of state legislation imposing stiff penalties on protesters who disrupt legitimate workplaces.

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chief executive Jan Davis said the legislation, as amended yesterday by the Legislative Council, should serve as both a deterrent to protesters and a signal to the rest of the nation that Tasmanian businesses had had enough of protesters getting off virtually scot-free for decades while they destroyed many people’s livelihoods.

“Like the government and the majority of the Legislative Council, we have had enough,” Ms Davis said.

“We support the right to protest and the right to speak your mind – but things have got out of hand.

“Farmers have the right to expect to be able to go about their lawful business without undue interference from protestors and activists. This is especially important when our businesses are also our homes.”
TFGA chief executive Jan Davis