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