CONGRATULATIONS Charles Wooley (Tas Weekend, November 30). A very amusing but unsettling essay which cuts to the quick of our increasingly authoritarian government. The boast that their antiprotest laws are the toughest in Australia is particularly nasty. It is an attack on free speech and democracy through the use of fear. These laws will not stop those most fervent in their desire to express their objections. No.
It is evident their aim is to intimidate the so-called quiet Australians who may wish to rally to what is seen as a just cause. Those of us, whom Charles Wooley so eloquently describes: “In my travels around the planet I have not encountered a more reasonable and temperate society” I am uneasy that if these laws progress through the Legislative Council we will be opening a Pandora’s box. Who knows what further measures this government or a future government would be tempted to inflict on its citizens. Bill Perry Kingston