Illegalising Dissent in Australia

With wall to wall Liberal Party Governments being elected in such a short time, Austalians have quickly started to lose their rights and liberties.

In Queensland the Conservatives in power quickly struck by creating a law where the Attorney General can list groups, organisations, etc as being criminal organisations without a lick of evidence. No Court trials. No cause needed to be shown why. The laws are so tight if they a football organisation was listed, every member of the club would become criminals overnight and will go to prison and treated harsher than a murderer or rapist or child molester.

Now in the State of Victoria, the conservatives are about to make attending a rally a criminal offence. Despite the rally being legal, the Police can tell you to move on and fine you. You can even go to prison for up to two years for merely returning to the rally.

So here we are, Australia. A nation where our prisons can now be full of people for merely attending a protest. No wonder the conservative Prime Minister never said a thing at Remembrance Day and instead stood back having a yarn with his mates.

The Premier is introducing amendments to the Summary Offences Act to crack down on protests and remove the protection for Victorians’ right to peaceful assembly. 

Napthine’s Silencing Act: 

  • Removes protections for peaceful assembly
  • Up to two year imprisonment for persons returning to a banned protest or picket
  • Police and PSO discretion to ‘move on’ protests

We call on the Premier to reconsider the need for these amendments, given the overwhelmingly peaceful nature of Victoria’s protest movements.

 

http://www.weareunion.org.au/napthines_silencing_act

 

 

1 Response so far »

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    Miss Lou said,

    #VeryConcerning.

    ML
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