As early as tomorrow, the Baird government plans to rush through anti-protest legislation in an attempt to silence community protest against mining giants, logging companies and climate polluters.
The right to protest is at the core of our democracy. Show Premier Baird you won’t sit by and let big business re-write our laws – join us for a protest at midday tomorrow (Tuesday) outside the NSW Parliament.
If it weren’t for committed people standing up for what they believe in, the Franklin River would have been dammed, our beautiful rainforests would have been logged and the Northern Rivers and Gloucester would soon have become coal seam gas fields.
Join us tomorrow and leave Premier Baird a message that coal and gas giants should never decide our laws.
When: 12pm, Tuesday, March 15.
Where: In front of the NSW Parliament, 6 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Map here.
What: Show Premier Baird you oppose his anti-protest laws and hear from community leaders concerned about the changes.
The proposed anti-protest laws were announced on the same day the government said it would reduce fines for mining companies breaking the law from over $1 million to only $5,000.
If passed, the proposed anti-protest laws would:
- Increase fines for aggravated entry onto inclosed lands (i.e. trespassing on a mine site) tenfold from $550 to $5,500;
- Threaten up to seven years jail for those who interfere with mining or coal seam gas equipment;
- Expand the powers of police to break up protests and forcibly move people on; and
- Give new search and seizure powers to police to reduce the ability to ‘lock-on’ anywhere in the state, not simply at protest sites.
Today we stand on the shoulders of a proud history of protest in NSW. In honour of those who have laid the path for us and those who will come after, we must show the Baird government the right to protest is non-negotiable.
If you can’t join us, please leave a message for Premier Baird by calling his office on (02) 8574 5000. By hitting the streets and the phone lines, let’s send our Premier a loud message that we won’t be silenced.
Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Thank you to every single person who has made the #PilligaPush what are today, we have pushed this industry and government to a whole new realm.
We now have one 4-6 weeks left of serious construction of Leewood, Santos water treatment facility in the Pilliga NW NSW.
After the construction we will broaden the campaign strategy and ask everyone in NSW to become involved and active before the next election.
The recent legal retaliation by the Baird Government is an attack on our peaceful efforts to protect land and water from CSG in the Pilliga.
We cannot let this deter us. At the Pilliga Push camp over coming weeks we will use new creativity to help support the local community and demonstrate that people from near and far will not accept the CSG risk to our collective future.
On March 22 is World Water Day; on this day we will join global celebrations of our planet’s most important resource. In the Pilliga the water flows underground, it filters through the sandstone and recharges the aquifers below. The Pilliga sits atop the Great Artesian Basin, a giant underground water source that the farming communities of North West NSW and beyond utterly rely upon.
On the 22nd we will join with the local community to celebrate this resource in creative ways and it would be great to have you here to do this with us!
Please phone the camp phone for more info: 0499 384 557
If you can, please BYO chair, plate and cup plus $10/day to help cover costs.
If you want to bring anything to contribute further, some ideas are: fresh produce, cakes and slices, meat, or solar lights for the paths!
It would also help to BYO drinking water.
If you’re gluten free, it would help to BYO bread etc.