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Chilling attack on peaceful protest action passes upper house

A bill described as “chilling” by UN human rights experts which attacks the rights of Western Australians to peacefully demonstrate is one step closer after it passed the upper house last night.

“This Bill is a threat to our treasured democracy and an attack on Western Australians’ rights,” Greens justice spokesperson Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC said today.

“It was extremely disappointing that the Barnett Government opposed our amendments and refused a Greens motion to send the Bill to a committee for review.

"These new proposed laws will deter peaceful protest action.

"More often than not, WA protests have served the public good to reverse bad government decisions and pre-empt development, such as James Price Point, subsequently proven to be unlawful. Read more »

Anti-protest Bill delayed until next year

Peaceful Protest is a Right!The controversial Bill to criminalise protest has been held over until February despite the Barnett Government’s attempt to pass it this year during an extraordinarily late night sitting of the WA Upper House, says Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

 “At about 2am, the Opposition and Government agreed to deal with the anti-protest bill in the first week of the 2016 sitting.

 “It became clear that debate on the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015 would not resume until at least early Friday morning due to the lengthy debate on the bill preceding it, the sale of the Perth Markets Bill.

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This year the Barnett government introduced new anti-protest laws, the Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015. Read more »