Protest rights under fire

Demonstration held opposing changes to affect protests

Unions joined a protest in front of NSW Parliament House on March 15 against the Baird Government’s plans to curb protests.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Morey said the peak union body had “deep misgivings” about the Government’s “attempts to restrict peaceful protesters and legal industrial activities”.

“Protesting is often an excellent opportunity for community cohesion that promotes a sense of unity. These laws will only serve to target and disband peaceful protesters who join together over common causes impacting heavily on the people of NSW’s right to free speech,” Mr Morey said.

“Unions believe passionately in the freedom of political expression and will take to the streets and to the courts to defend the right of any protester to exercise their right to freedom of political communication.”

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