Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council's
Media Release re Protest Bill - 27 June 2014
The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council congratulate the State Government on following through on their pre-election commitment with the Workplaces (Protection From Protesters) Bill 2014.
The CEO of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, Jeremy Kouw, said it is completely appropriate that there are meaningful penalties for individuals that invade workplaces.
"Not only do protestors put themselves at great personal risk they risk the safety of the employees who are trying to go about their normal work. They also create a deliberate disruption of a workplace which harms the financial outcomes of the business. "
"This law is not about stopping people protesting peacefully. It is about stopping a vocal minority who think they are above the law and have a misguided belief that it is their right to deliberately disrupt a workplace, with no regard to the safety or the financial risks to the business."
"It is for those reasons that we welcome this new bill to minimise any work safety risks and to allow hard working people to go on with their business."
Taken from the Tasmanian Minerals and energy council
Im not sure what this means to legitimate protest in Tasmania? But, im sure it will have ramifications to the current imported flashmob protests we are so used to down here. That strategy, quite frankly, has not changed a thing other than make miners and everyday people dig their heals in and adds to their resolve. Some of the mines on the West Coast are in lock down because of the current methods employed by current activists. And, they will stay in lock down and locked up. for the foreseeable future. I fail to see how anyone or anything benefits for that.
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