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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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‘Over-the-top and unnecessary … ‘

*Pic: Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt in front of the High Court during the appeal …

Civil Liberties Australia welcomes the decision today by the High Court.

Freedom of expression, including in the form of protest, is fundamental to a healthy democracy where ideas are contested.

The laws adopted by the Tasmanian Government were over-the-top and unnecessary and sought to stifle the rights of ordinary Tasmanians to protest about things that affect them and their communities.

In striking down the anti-protest laws today, the High Court has illustrated the real need for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act (THRA).

If a THRA was in place in 2014 when the Tasmanian Liberals came to power after 16 years in opposition, they would have had a human rights benchmark to measure their policies against. The THRA would have helped the Government avoid the mess it finds itself in today. The new Cabinet developing the laws would have been able to assess the human rights implications and steer towards a safer model.

Instead of having the benefit of this advice early in the process, they now have the very public and very clear verdict of the High Court that what they did contravenes the right to political communication.

Not only would a THRA protect the community from the excesses of government but it would help protect the government from itself.

The campaign for a Tasmanian Human Rights Act has attracted 890 Tasmanian signatures and the support of 19 organisations (listed here www.tashumanrightsact.org/supportive-organisations) and will use the High Court’s ruling today as a clear example of the need for human rights laws.

Civil Liberties Australia calls on state election candidates to declare now that they will protect Tasmanians’ right to free speech by introducing a Human Rights Act in 2018.

Guy Barnett: Response to High Court

Labor: High Court decision embarrasses Hodgman Government on national stage

Greens: Liberal Anti-Protest Laws Condemned by High Court

Libs’ Joan Rylah: High Court decision a disappointment Comment by John Hawkins: Rylah. It is the people of Tasmania who need protection. This from your right wing anti-the-people Liberal Tasmanian government which dances to the tune-deaf pied piper, one Erich Abetz. Your party attempts to …

• Tim Upston in Comments: Questions need to be asked as to who is in danger in these work sites, surely it is the protesters who face off with bulldozers and irate workers (encouraged by this state’s Liberal Government) in their efforts to take a stand against illegal laws.It is to be hoped the various ministers who enforced these laws should be asked to pay back the overtime handed to the many police taken away from their duties to the public to sit in the bush and help fulfill some ideological campaign by big business and their eager servants, the Liberal Party.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Dave Parsell

    October 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Well done to Bob Brown. Not many old men would bother driving all the way from the Huon to the North West with the sole intention of getting arrested,once again well done!

    PS: the taxpayer money to pay your legal fees is money well spent.

  2. Russell

    October 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Re #16
    Google it Mr I Can’t Remember.

    So all that excuses the criminal behaviour of your dimwiited mates? The contractor (and all other logging morons involved) was hardly dealt with at all. He’s the one who should have been put behind bars.

    Exactly why we need to shut down most of the loss-making Government-controlled timber industry in Tasmania.

  3. MjF

    October 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    @15
    I don’f recall Lennon comments. Sounds more like R Gray to me.
    I do recall the Howell footage. Terrible behaviour under extreme provocation. Those scumbags ferals picked and planned for their target well to the point of hiding a video camera operator for the expected reaction.

    I’d have chucked those misguided kids in jail for irresponsible conduct and reckless endangerment.

    The ‘car’ was already a wreck dumped on the road as an obstruction, remember?

    Exactly why we need workable anti – protest laws that do work.
    .
    The contractor was dealt with in court I believe.

    Poor conduct by all parties and fair to say a lot has changed as a consequence of that setup.

  4. Russell

    October 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Re #14
    And what was the term coined for environmental protestors by loser Lennon – “shadowy, extremist, militant eco-terrorist group”?

    The truth is that loggers being played off against each other were damaging each others’ equipment in a desperate grab for the available contracts.

    Remember the footage of the bogan moron loggers smashing a car with sledgehammers and threatening the people within it?

    Welcome to the Forestry welfare system.

  5. MjF

    October 18, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    #13
    Full marks at least for coining the term “apocalyptic protest culture”. It is attributable to your own percipience is it not ?

  6. john hayward

    October 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    MjFitch #6, I was hoping you would contrast the enormous economic damage caused by Tasmania’s apocalyptic protest culture as opposed to the benefits conferred by the annual $40 odd million in public logging deficits.

    John Hayward

  7. john hayward

    October 18, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I wonder if Garry at #9 has questioned why Australia is among the few democratic countries with no bill of rights, and only an”implied” right of “political” free speech.

    He might also ponder whether the penalties provided by the Tas Libs’ legislation is proportionate to the offences to be addressed, particularly in a state where blatant theft, misappropriation and embezzlement in the public sector is so gently tolerated.

    John Hayward

  8. Chris

    October 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    The solution is easy, the premier needs to consult with the AG to draft a new law to prohibit everyone from being anywhere at any time which does not annoy the Grinner in his portfolio.
    Simple ?

  9. Tim Upston

    October 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Questions need to be asked as to who is in danger in these work sites, surely it is the protesters who face off with bulldozers and irate workers (encouraged by this state’s Liberal Government) in their efforts to take a stand against illegal laws.
    It is to be hoped the various ministers who enforced these laws should be asked to pay back the overtime handed to the many police taken away from their duties to the public to sit in the bush and help fulfill some ideological campaign by big business and their eager servants, the Liberal Party.

  10. garrystannus@hotmail.com

    October 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I’ve begun studying the recent High Court decision. My starting point is from the position of being resistant to the High Court’s taking to itself the power to ‘interpret’ the Constitution in novel ways, to wit, as when it found that our Constitution contained an implied right to freedom of speech. You’d have to wonder whether the members of the Court which made that decision have been used-car salesmen in previous incarnations.

    Now members of the HC, Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane, Nettle, Gordon, and Edelman JJ have ‘on the face of it’ found that no business operator in the nation is safe from invasion by protesters who know that their presence on/in the workplace may — from considerations such as public safety etc — stop work being carried out in that workplace.

    I will read the HC decision with interest, and I will be looking to see whether the Court was able to distinguish between political speech and political acts.

  11. john Hawkins

    October 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I hope Bob Brown and Jessica won, with costs.

    If not why not?

  12. Colin Gumley

    October 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Great outcome but I assume another unnecessary financial burden placed in Tasmanians hip pocket, or is the Liberal Party going to do the right thing and admit it had it so wrong in the first place, and pay from the parties coffers ?? !!

  13. MjF

    October 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Equally Civil Liberties Australia should call on state election candidates to declare how they will protect Tasmanian workers’ rights to perform their roles in the workplace free of distracting, harassing and disruptive protesters.

    Fat chance.

    I urge Hodgeman & Co to persist with anti-protest legislation and get it into a workable form for the long haul.

    What’s one minor High Court setback in the scheme of things ?

  14. Voyage of the Beagle

    October 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Hooray!

  15. john hayward

    October 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    While the HC outcome was certainly cheering, it remains depressing that we have a state government so ignorant and contemptuous of democratic principles as to pass the legislation in the first place.

    The time and expense it took Bob Brown and his applicants to win this suggests that drongos such as Guy Barnett and Co will remain unchastened.

    One shudders to imagine a Tas Bill of Rights after it has been through the Tas Parliament.

    John Hayward

  16. Russell

    October 17, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Well done!

    Here’s the petition weblink: https://www.tashumanrightsact.org/petition/

  17. John Biggs

    October 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Congratulations Bob and Jessica. This post and the preceding one give us hope for civil liberties in these dark times.

  18. Dr Buck & Prof Joan Emberg

    October 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Bob and Jessica … you are our heroes!

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