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Protesting the protesters. Western Australia looks like it will soon pass broad anti-protest laws that carry penalties of of up to two years' jail and $24,000 fines for "physically preventing lawful activity" passed the lower house last week, despite calls from the United Nations Office of the High Commission on Human Rights to vote against the laws. The laws were debated last year and are opposed by UN rapporteurs David Kaye, Maina Kiai and Michel Frost. WA Premier Colin Barnett says the laws are to stop people putting themselves or others in danger, but they are worded so broadly, a person could be found guilty for "knowingly possess[ing] a thing":