Forestry Tasmania drops draconian orders against protestors – court challenge to misuse of powers continues

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On the eve of today’s Supreme Court hearing, Forestry Tasmania has backed down on prohibition orders given to 19 community members who were defending forests from logging.

The orders, prohibiting protestors from entering the entire state forest estate, were given to 21 citizens who participated in protests at Meunna in North West Tasmania. These orders are subject of a Supreme Court challenge to the lawfulness and constitutional validity of the orders.

Regardless of the back down by Forestry Tasmania, The case will seek a declaration that the prohibition orders were constitutionally invalid and unlawfully infringed on the rights of citizens to enter public forests.

“The imposition of these orders was clearly aimed to prevent protestors from being able to have their voice heard. It was unlawful and unconstitutional, and the eleventh hour back down by Forestry Tasmania is an admission that they overstepped in their clumsy and heavy handed orders,” said Bob Brown Foundation takayna Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“They wanted this to disappear and be swept under the rug, but the nineteen community members are pushing on with this case. Justice must be served. Wrong was done to all of us who were prohibited from public forests until Forestry Tasmania revoked the orders. We are seeking a declaration from the court that these orders were unlawful and unconstitutional. Anything less will embolden Forestry Tasmania to continue misusing powers to curtail public access to public forests,” Scott Jordan said.

As the case includes grounds that the laws were not constitutional the State of Tasmania was included as a party to the case. This morning the State applied to the court and was granted leave to be removed from the case, leaving Forestry Tasmania to run the defence on its own. The case will be heard later in the year.

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