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Victorian and Tasmanian governments under fire for laws that target environmental protesters

Anti-logging protesters reject state governments’ claims new laws are necessary to protect workers’ safety

Governments in two Australian states have been accused of undermining democracy by introducing legislation designed to criminalise environmental protests.

In Victoria, protesters attempting to prevent native forest logging would face 12 months’ jail or more than $21,000 in fines, and bans from protest areas under laws proposed last week by the Andrews Labor government.

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