Scott Morrison’s plan to outlaw the climate change boycotts he enabled is not only gormless, but it also flies in the face of the constitution.
On Friday, Scott Morrison sensationally announced a war on the population’s right to boycott. Today, we have his first target.
Through his merkin, Christian Porter, Morrison has decided that Market Forces (an organisation that allows the consumer to see who their bank is investing in) is a sufficient risk to the wellbeing of the nation.
Porter said that Market Forces “impose their political will on companies across the country through widespread, coordinated harassment and threats of boycotts”.
Clearly, it’s a rather towering pile of bulldust, but experts also believe it to be fundamentally unconstitutional.
In conversation with The Guardian, the dean of the University of NSW law school, Prof George Williams said the move would risk breaching the implied freedom of political communication in the constitution.
“We would likely see a challenge mounted in the high court,” he told Guardian Australia.
In conversation with the same publication, “Prof Graeme Orr of the University of Queensland said it was “hard to be definitive” as the government was still at the stage of “flying kites” in its secondary boycott proposal. But he accused the government of ‘targeting protests under the guise of a law designed to combat (the) misuse of market power or union power'”.
Morrison’s war on consumer boycotts is desperate self-protection, but it also erodes our basic rights.https://t.co/ivjhCW31nH
— The Big Smoke (@TheBigSmokeAU) November 1, 2019
As Lachlan Dale explained on Friday, Scott Morrison is stripping away the corner he’s painted himself into. “With the Government refusing to act on the public’s calls for action on climate change, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Australians have come together to ask the companies to stop funding new coal, oil and gas. If the businesses don’t respond, they risk losing business. Known as the ‘fossil fuel divestment’, this tactic seeks to call out companies who are actively contributing to the climate change crisis. In the absence of Government action, it is a direct way that citizens can start to make a difference — with their wallets. The movement has been wildly successful, having achieved more than $5.45 trillion in divestment to date,” Dale wrote.
Any chance we can boycott rubbish policy?