Menu lock

Western Australia

May 10, 2017

Incarceration of speech: denying the right to protest in Australia

Bob Brown is challenging the constitutional validity of Tasmania's protest laws -- a subject the guardians of free speech in parliament and the media have had little say about.

Bob Brown Protest laws

Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown (along with forestry activist Jessica Hoyt) has brought what’s being called a “landmark case” before the High Court, challenging Tasmania’s “anti-protest laws” as being unconstitutionally restrictive towards free speech. Brown was arrested and charged under the laws at an anti-forestry protest in January 2016 . Obviously, his argument is nonsense — our media and our politicians and our parliamentary committees (and our media again and our politicians again) keep a rigorous eye on issues around free speech, and they’ve said nary a word about protest laws in Australia. Let’s check in on a few states and satisfy ourselves that while free speech is definitely under threat — from PC culture, Islam, 18C, Gillian Triggs in particular, the left, identity politics — this issue is just Bob Brown, as ever, having a total whinge. These are the three states in Australia where protesting could come with a jail sentence.

We recommend

From around the web

Powered by Taboola

3 comments

Leave a comment

3 thoughts on “Incarceration of speech: denying the right to protest in Australia

  1. rlynch01@bigpond.com

    Well, Charles, I hope Bob Brown wins, and that all the other black uniformed enforcers our Governments seem to want to inflict on us while religiously mouthing “security” get their budgets screwed, and their right to inflict their orthodoxies on us removed. Ms Triggs at least identified that free speech no longer is, in our country. And yes, we need a Bill of Rights

  2. rlynch01@bigpond.com

    Well, Charles, I hope Bob Brown wins, and that all the other black uniformed enforcers our Governments seem to want to inflict on us while religiously mouthing “security” get their budgets screwed, and their right to inflict their orthodoxies on us removed. Ms Triggs at least identified that free speech no longer is, in our country. And yes, we need a Bill of Rights soon.

  3. AR

    Any dispute between a mug punter with more muscle than brain tissue and a principle is a lost cause – see the Qld gov’s million trillion jobs promised by Adani.
    As with the Franklin, the only hope is the High Court and we can be sure that this highly intelligent, ethically sound & not at all subject to bigbuck$ federal regime will not oppose any such case brought in the public interest.
    Oh, look, Porcus Aviatrix!