Seven years goal for mining protesters in NSW

New anti protest laws to give police powers to search, seize, and move on protesters align with Nazi Germany’s dictators handbook.

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Seven years jail -$5,000 for protesting in NSW

The NSW Baird government laws will increase fines for illegal entry into CSG & mining sites from $550 to $5,500. Anti CSG protestors can be jailed for up to 7 years. This reeks of mining corporation’s puppet dancing government.

At the same time this Baird government has reined it’s wrath upon protestors freedom of speech, introduced the “Petroleum  Onshore Legislation Amendment Harmonisation Act” to reduce mining companies penalties who are in breach of the law.

For example, a current $550,000 fine for a mining company breach will now be a $5,000 penalty infringement notice.

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Mike Baird and Steve Galilee

Mike Baird at a dinner in 2014 promised his former chief of staff Steve Galilee, who is now head of the Minerals Council, to crack down on protesters and reduce mining company fines.  He has now delivered that promise. 

Mining companies write their own Environmental Impact Statements [EIS] worded to appease with very creative misinformation on health, community, water, etc. Under the crimes act, providing false and/or misleading information attracts a fine of $550,000 plus $50,000 a day until the false statement is rectified. That now has been reduced to fine of $2,500.

Failing to submit a report on petroleum title attracted a fine of $1.1 million plus $110,000 a day, that is amended to a fine of $2,500. Now there is an incentive for companies to lie and mislead with greater creativity.

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Farmers protesting against mining company’s blatant violation of EIS who park a tractor or truck across an access in protest are looking at 7 years jail, a $5,000 fine, and their vehicle confiscated and destroyed under these new laws. 

Welcome to the 4th Reich of NSW all this was voted for by the Liberals, Nationals (the farmers friend) and the Shooters Fishing party, and Christian Democrat Fred Nile.

Demands from Labor and the Greens that the Bill at least be taken to the Law and Justice Committee were dismissed by the government.

Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“The right to protest dates back 800 years to the Magna Carta but Premier Baird is so arrogant that he believes he can trample that right to deliver for the Liberal party’s paymasters in the mining industry.

“Protest is an essential part of a functioning democracy, it ended slavery, delivered Aboriginal land rights, gave women the vote, saved the Franklin and protected the Sydney Rocks area.

“These laws have no social licence in NSW and if ever the police or the Liberal National parties try to enforce them, they will hit a wall of public protest that will stop them in their tracks”.

So we may count on you voting one of these LNP/LABOR parties back into government as it has been for decades to maintain this level of dictatorship and your freedom to protest?

Listen to 2GB presenter Alan Jones report on this story – http://www.2gb.com/audioplayer/163661#pXYeUvB0dIqFEz9p.01

 

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