Nasty boast

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

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

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