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Labor will protect resource industry where the Liberals failed

  • Labor commits to legislate to protect workers from radical Greens
  • The Greens destroy jobs of hardworking Tasmanians
  • Labor wants to help the resources industry where the Liberals failed

A Labor Government will create the offence of aggravated trespass and put in place timber harvesting safety zones backed up with fines of $10,000 and up to 2 years in jail for individuals and up to $100,000 for entities.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the days of dangerous workplace invasions are over and Labor is the only party that will establish realistic and workable protest laws.

“The Liberals failed to get their Workplace Amendment Bill through the Legislative Council because it was too broad and could have captured people protesting against the Liberal’s plan to privatise TAFE, or paramedics protesting about ambulance ramping,” Ms White said.

“A majority Labor Government has the numbers to get this through both houses of parliament.

“Labor is serious about protecting workplaces, while the Liberals only see this legislation as a political plaything.

“Labor has a solid plan based on effective laws from other states, not a Liberal rehash of the laws Bob Brown had thrown out of the High Court of Australia.

“We are more than ready to work in the best interests of the Tasmanian resources industry to draft legislation that will work without criminalising all protests.

“Workplaces need protection from the radical Bob Brown Foundation and the Greens and legislation is key to this.

“The Greens destroy Tasmanian jobs and this cannot continue, Labor has a plan that will work to help protect Tasmanians workers where the Liberals failed.”

Rebecca White MP  
Labor Leader