The Victorian government is introducing harsh new penalties and threats of prison time to deter concerned citizens from protesting against environmental destruction. The laws are part of an alarming trend towards criminalising peaceful environmental protest across Australia, with significant consequences for individuals, citizen scientists and grassroots groups.
We believe these laws are a politically motivated crackdown on legitimate political expression. It is undemocratic and unnecessary. Read more about the laws and the development of the legal guide at Environmental Justice Australia's website.
As more and more people join protests to defend our forests and climate, it’s important to know your legal rights and understand what these new laws mean.