Dra­co­nian law

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

THE state Lib­er­als have tabled an an­tiprotest Bill in par­lia­ment which would fine or im­prison any mem­bers of the pub­lic from ex­er­cis­ing their democratic right to protest. We are liv­ing in a democ­racy, or so I thought, where ev­ery­one has the right to peace­fully gather and be heard, not liv­ing in a third world mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship or a com­mu­nist bloc, so how can they pos­si­bly jus­tify this dra­co­nian ac­tion? If the com­mu­nity were con­sulted by the govern­ment in a trans­par­ent and ra­tio­nal fash­ion be­fore en­act­ing any new leg­is­la­tion, there would prob­a­bly be no need to demon­strate in the first place.

Estelle Ross River­side

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