Opinion

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: A gateway to long term restrictions on the right to protest

Stella Ktenas highlights the permanent consequences of the The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on the right to protest, and the similar erosion of protest rights in Australia.

“The timing of this bill amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic falsely appears to be guided by a utilitarian logic to derogate the right to protest in favour of public health. However, we should question whether the government is using the pandemic as a trojan horse to impose lasting restrictions on protest rights to thwart their visibility and impact”