Tasmania's upper house passes legislation to impose harsher penalties on protesters
Tasmania's upper house passes legislation to impose harsher penalties on protestersBy Adam Langenberg
Environmental protest is woven into Tasmania's identity.
Plenty of protests have shaped the state, and caused waves around the globe — the damming of the Franklin River, the "forest wars" sit-ins, the Gunns' pulp mill proposed for the Tamar Valley.
But environmentalists, unionists and human rights lawyers say laws that just passed the upper house are set to forever alter the face of protest in the state and change its identity.
What exactly are these laws?
Basically, they're changes to the state's Police Offences Act, mainly the offence of trespass.
There are a couple of key tweaks — people who are found to commit any action that obstructs a business face fines of up $8,650 — double …
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