Defend your right to protest

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I am writing to request that you withdraw the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill which will be debated in the Legislative Assembly in the week beginning 3 February. The bill amends the Summary Offences Act 1966 to expand the circumstances in which police and PSOs may direct a person to move on from a public place.

This bill fundamentally changes the rights of citizens to protest, demonstrate or picket a particular place, whether people are protesting about environmental, social or industrial issues, by subjecting them to extended move on and arrest powers.

Currently, under section 6 of the Summary Offences Act, the move on powers can be exercised if: a) a person is or persons are breaching or likely to breach the peace, or b) the person is or persons are endangering or likely to endanger the safety of any other person, or c) the behaviour of the person or persons is likely to cause injury to a person or damage to property or is otherwise a risk to public safety.

The police already have sufficient move on powers under the current act and there is no justification for the expansion of these powers that will significantly impede the democratic right of people to protest.

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  • signed via 2016-12-29 15:03:38 +1100
  • signed 2014-11-23 00:18:13 +1100
    Our ancestors fought had for the right to protest without prosecution or arrest.

    It is appauling that in these “enlightened times” the government sees fit to introduce such draconian legislation.

    What are they affraid of exactly?

    That there are more educated, thinking people in the population who want their voices to be heard and politician held accountable for their actions (or non actions)?

    We will not be silent.
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  • signed 2014-06-18 10:37:20 +1000
  • signed 2014-06-18 08:57:44 +1000
    Silencing the voice of the people silences democracy.
  • signed 2014-06-17 12:43:53 +1000
    This is first step towards fascism
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  • signed 2014-03-31 20:22:29 +1100
  • signed 2014-03-24 03:30:03 +1100
  • signed 2014-03-21 12:16:38 +1100
    We the people are becoming pawns and slaves to government and corporations. It has to stop!
  • signed 2014-03-18 09:56:06 +1100
  • signed 2014-03-16 20:15:07 +1100
  • signed 2014-03-15 15:44:39 +1100
    This Victorian Government, including the Attorney General, would be more at home in some Fascist outpost of the world.
  • signed 2014-03-13 12:29:40 +1100
  • signed 2014-03-13 10:49:26 +1100
    This is appalling, I feel so embarrassed/frustrated/ashamed to be part of this country now. I will speak my mind and so will my children no matter what.
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  • signed 2014-03-12 13:05:57 +1100
  • signed 2014-03-09 00:43:59 +1100
    These laws are an affront to my citizenship.
  • signed 2014-03-05 11:59:49 +1100
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