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Environmental protection depends on right to peaceful protest

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Environmental protection depends on right to peaceful protest


The Australian Cons^ry^jinn Foundation, engaged in a people's blockade against the Jabiluka uranium mine within Kakadu National Park, has expressed its concern about legal action and legislation that restricts the right of citizens to peaceful protest.

As community protests grow on all Australia's major docks and within Australia's largest national park, the Executive and staff of the ACF have passed resolutions that highlight the connection between the right to peaceful protest and environmental protection.

The resolutions acknowledge the previous and ongoing role of waterfront workers in campaigns about major environmental issues such as rainforest loss, toxic trade, and nuclear threats. „

The ACF Executive has resolved to: “support the right of the Maritime Union o f Australia, any other organisation, and all citizens to protest peacefully. In particular, the ACF:

* acknowledges the role o f the MU A in campaigning to raise public awareness about environmental issues, such

• regards with concern the court injunctions to prevent public assembly at dockyards, the'secondary boycott provisions o f the Workplace Relations Act, and their implications for public protest about environmental issues."

For comment, contact: |

Penny Figgis, Acting ACF President, on 02-99225275 Michael Krockenberger, Actinjg Executive Director, on 03-99266703 or 0419 373002

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