Bob Brown Protest laws

A world in which it is not OK for Bob Brown to stand in a Tasmanian forest clearing and decry its destruction is my definition of a police state. Thanks to the High Court, we’ve taken a rare step back from that awful brink.

The cause for celebration is the High Court’s judgment yesterday in Brown v The State of Tasmania. By 5-2 majority, it found invalid a controversial Tasmanian law designed to get the tree-huggers out of the forests, to allow logging to carry on unmolested and, more importantly, unobserved.