TMEC Media Release: Support of Workplaces Protection from Protestors Bill

The Tasmanian mining industry welcomed the passage of state legislation imposing penalties on protestors who disrupt legitimate workplaces.


The CEO of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, Wayne Bould, said it is completely appropriate that there are meaningful penalties for individuals that invade workplaces.

“Not only do protestors put themselves at great personal risk they risk the safety of the employees who are trying to go about their normal work.  They also create a deliberate disruption of a workplace which harms the financial outcomes of the business.

“This law is not about stopping people protesting peacefully.  It is about stopping a vocal minority who think they are above the law and have a misguided belief that it is their right to deliberately disrupt a workplace, with no regard to the safety or the financial risks to the business.”

“It is for those reasons that we welcome this bill to minimise any work safety risks and to allow hard working people to go on with their business.”

The Tasmanian mining industry welcomed the passage of state legislation imposing penalties on protestors who disrupt legitimate workplaces.

The CEO of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, Wayne Bould, said it is completely appropriate that there are meaningful penalties for individuals that invade workplaces.

“Not only do protestors put themselves at great personal risk they risk the safety of the employees who are trying to go about their normal work.  They also create a deliberate disruption of a workplace which harms the financial outcomes of the business.

“This law is not about stopping people protesting peacefully.  It is about stopping a vocal minority who think they are above the law and have a misguided belief that it is their right to deliberately disrupt a workplace, with no regard to the safety or the financial risks to the business.”

“It is for those reasons that we welcome this bill to minimise any work safety risks and to allow hard working people to go on with their business.”