The NSW government enacted new anti-protest laws with Labor's support, but it is having difficulty getting its new anti-union laws through. Jim McIlroy reports.
The New South Wales Supreme Court is hearing a challenge that aims to overturn NSW Police fines against protesters during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim McIlroy reports.
Climate activist Jay Larbalestier narrowly avoided jail time for the offence of blocking peak hour traffic on Sydney’s Harbour Bridge. Susan Price reports.
Rachel Evans argues that progressives need to resist the draconian police repression of peaceful climate activists, because no matter climate activists’ tactics, the state is intent on criminalising dissent.
NSW Greens MLC Abigail Boyd discusses the increasingly draconian anti-protest laws in that state.
More than 100 protesters defied police to stop traffic in the CBD on June 27 for just under an hour at 8am as part of Blockade Australia’s (BA) week of climate action. Rachel Evans reports.
The NSW Police' storming of a private property has led to one person being charged with traffic offences and big questions about police intimidation and overreach. Rachel Evans reports.
A coalition of environment groups warn against the Victorian Parliament bringing in new anti-protest laws which would even stop Traditional Owners from protecting Country. Chloe DS reports.
The NSW Coalition, with the support of NSW Labor and the conservative crossbench, have enacted laws that effectively ban direct actions. Abigail Boyd describes the anti-democratic push to pass these draconian new laws.
A new report by Greenpeace, Global Warning: the threat to climate defenders in Australia, has identified an alarming escalation in repression against climate activists. Fred Fuentes reports.
Peter Dutton pretends not to know his right from his left. But, as Peter Boyle argues, facts have never been his strong point.
The science has long been in on the climate emergency, yet despite this governments have signed off on Adani’s coalmine in Central Queensland, with five or six more set to follow if it goes ahead.
This immediate threat has led Queensland to become a flashpoint for climate activism in recent months.
The Queensland Labor government’s decision to enact new anti-protest laws to protect new coal and gas projects is a reminder of who the government believes it is in power to serve, writes Margaret Gleeson.
On April 19, Alice Wicks locked on to a half-ton barrel, blocking all coal trains heading to the Port of Brisbane for 5 hours.
“I took this action because I have exhausted all other avenues for demanding action on the climate crisis. The permafrost has melted 70 years ahead of scientist's predictions. We need to act now”, Wicks said on July 26.
The recent intimidatory police raids on the ABC and a journalist’s home for publicising matters of community concern are a wake-up call that press freedoms can no longer be taken for granted, writes Bevan Ramsden.
The High Court ruled on October 18 by a 6:1 majority in favour of Bob Brown and Jessica Hoyt’s challenge to the validity of a Tasmanian anti-protest law. The decision is a significant win for forestry and public-interest activists, although it does not go as far as some may have hoped.
The court found the Tasmanian law was unbalanced and unreasonable. However, it affirmed the right of parliaments to target protesters who interfere with business operations.