After spending 30 years facing protestors as a member of the police, I understand that the ‘lock-on’ device is an important part of non-violent protest. It needs to stay.
With the Palaszczuk government caught out in a lie, meaningful protest seems to be under attack. But what rights do we have, really?
In a bill that was rushed through last week, the Turnbull government has clamped down on freedom of expression under the guise of national security.
Three townspeople from Wollar represent the testing ground for the NSW government’s new anti-protest laws. If found guilty of protesting a coal mine, they could face seven years behind bars.
Last, year Kylie Beach was arrested for peacefully protesting Australia’s stance on asylum seekers. Today, she faces court for the first time.