The past week in Australian politics has seen our fearless leader proclaim war on ‘environmentalism’. The proposed law would see activists banned from protesting projects unless they were directly affected. Sounds familiar? A few months back the same government made it a criminal offence for anyone to report on the state of refugees in detention camps.
Putting aside whatever your political views are on refugess, asylum seekers, the greater threat that should be obvious is the calculated retraction of freedom of speech. It is a human right to be able to communicate our desires whether they affect us directly or not.
The Carmichael Coal project that got canned cost approximately 1500 jobs, nevermind the 1000s of renewable energy jobs that were wiped since Abbott came into power. Nevermind the fact that burning coal will further the impact on climate change.
Staying silent on an issue that is affecting the entire planet is selfish. Being forced to stay silent is a crime. I will leave you with this:
Waleed on Australia's Renewable Energy Target #TheProjectTV (written by Tom Whitty @twhittyer)Posted by The Project on Thursday, 16 April 2015