Dangerous changes to forest protest laws

A dozen human rights, environment and legal groups have published an open letter calling for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to immediately withdraw a proposed law which would punish peaceful protesters.

The Sustainable Forests Timber Amendment (Timber Harvesting Safety Zones) Bill 2022, introduced by the Victorian government in May, would impose harsh and disproportionate penalties against concerned citizens who act to prevent native forest logging in Victoria with fines of up to $21,000 or 12 months in jail. 

The open letter to Mr Andrews, Workplace Safety Minister Ingrid Stitt and Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas, raises deep concerns that the unjustified proposed penalties will dramatically infringe on the rights of all Victorians to peacefully protesters. 

Signatories to the letter are:  Environmental Justice Australia, Human Rights Law Centre, Victorian Forest Alliance, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Australian Democracy Network, Environment Victoria, Victorian National Parks Association, Friends of the Earth, Liberty Victoria, Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum Inc, Act on Climate, and the Wilderness Society.

Add your name to the petition calling to withdraw these draconian laws!

The Victorian Government is trying to introduce draconian new laws to silence people protesting illegal logging in native forests.

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