The Greens WA say sweeping new WA anti-protest laws would go further than tough Federal anti-terrorism laws in reversing the onus of proof.
“The Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015 being championed by the Barnett Government would treat WA protestors trying to protect people and places by non-violent means worse than suspected terrorists through the reversal of the onus of proof,” Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren said.
“In addition, while the Government claims this Bill is targeted at thumb-locks and other gear used to ‘lock-on’ to machinery, the reality is that this Bill does not mention locks, and in fact criminalises the possession of any “thing” for protest. This bill is wide open for prosecuting people for non-violent, peaceful protest.” Ms MacLaren added. Read more »