R.I.P FREE SPEECH: Protesters can now be charged $750 or 2 years gaol for attending protests in Victoria

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Demonstration against G8 Summit in Le Havre

On Tuesday the Legislative Council of Victoria passed the Summary Offence Act 2013, which outlaws the right to protest in Victoria, by a vote of 20-18.

From September onwards the police in Victoria will have the power to ‘move on’ groups of people at their will, including those involved in peaceful protests and pickets. Those who refuse to comply with these orders can be issued with fines of $750, exclusion orders, and jail gaol terms of up to 2 years.

Though clearly aimed at disrupting the Tunnel Picket campaign against the East West Link, in future this law has the potential to be used against anyone – including trade unions and community groups.

Even die-hard conservatives question whether the new laws are too heavy handed. Tim Wilson, former head of the IPA and current Human Rights commissioner told The Age he though the laws were ”excessive”.

”It unnecessarily gives police too much power to move on protesters unjustifiably,” he said. ”I have an issue with the low bar that is being set to give police the powers to move people on.”

[Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013]

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73 comments on “R.I.P FREE SPEECH: Protesters can now be charged $750 or 2 years gaol for attending protests in Victoria
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  2. The way I read it, if groups of people (such as protestors) are being violent, have committed offences, block traffic or people or stop people from entering/exiting a building then they can be told to ‘Move along sir’.

    What’s wrong with that?

    • John – this article doesn’t state the ins and outs of this amendment. Police will have the power to ‘move on’ people on the basis of ‘I think you might be violent’ or ‘I think you might obstruct entry to a building’. They only have to think it! Police already have powers to arrest if a violent act has been committed – this amendment is a pre-emptive move on. What it has the power to do is break up a protest. It gives police the power to remove a picket swiftly – union supported pickets will be no more in Victoria. Pickets are a last resort, last ditch attempt at democracy. When democracy has failed, people resort to using their bodies to prevent what law has allowed. It can also move on a group of unnamed people, it doesn’t have to be individuals. The wording is complex but this is effectively what will happen.

      What’s wrong with that? Well it’s a bit like the police coming along and saying ‘Righto, you’ve had your fun, you can all go home now’. End of protest.

      • Denise – I hardly read the article, I just went straight to the legislation.

        Police only have to suspect it on reasonable grounds, but at the same time you don’t get fined if you have a reasonable excuse for doing whatever it is you’re doing.

        Also look at subsection 5, you can still protest at places of employment.

        • I can’t really be bothered reading the note up, but if anyone else knows what a ‘reasonable excuse’ would actually include, that would probably be useful.

          http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinosrch.cgi/au?method=boolean&rank=on&query=vic%20consol_act%20soa1966189%20s6

          Is it a reasonable excuse to be protesting something you disagree with, if you are doing it harmlessly?

          I think the title of this article is very misleading and, although as Con says below, this amendment could potentially be taken advantage of by police, it definitely is not black and white and it does not definitely mean all protesting is finished forever.

          • John, have NO doubt the new law will be taken advantage of by police! There can be NO disent against government OR their polices any further. Mark my words, this ruleing will spread like wild fire to the other states! It is all about control and domination for the New World Order! Mark my words!

        • Who decides what’s reasonable and what’s not? And why should anybody have the power, to decide that a protest is “not reasonable” at all?

          So now it’s up to the police to decide what’s a legitimate/reasonable protest and not the actual people?

          It’s amazing how freedom of assembly has been hollowed out, all over the western world in democratic states, with legislation like that. First amendment zones anyone?

          And people are actually defending this kind of legislation that’s turning more and more countries into police states, where Police Officers have the last say on peoples constitutional rights.

          • Actually, Australia has no constitutionally entrenched bill of rights (it is the only western democracy without one). The state of Victoria does however have a statutory charter of rights adopted in 2006 which includes a right to peaceful protest. Constitutions and statutes aside though, your rights are yours’ irrespective of whether the government acknowledges them or not. We just need to be willing to stand up for them.

      • Denise, what democracy are you talking about? Democracy has been disappearing for years, it is now just a “facade” that the West is using in their plight for global dominance.
        Agree with your comment though!

    • @john

      If these laws are introduced then protesters dont have to be violent to commit an offense.

      Move along? I was born in a Democratic country, not so sure Ill die in one.

    • “From September onwards the police in Victoria will have the power to ‘move on’ groups of people at their will, including those involved in peaceful protests and pickets.”

      Your reading sucks.

    • I’d imagine- If it is subjective enough for us to interpret different meanings then it is subjective enough for police to use it for all of the above- which is a problem. The unclear wording in the patriot act led to the NSA’s “legal” mass data collection & spying on American citizens. So in other words if it isnt clearly defined it will likely be used to infringe on your rights.

    • Don”t you already have laws cooncerning the offenses you’re focused upon? I’m in the U.S. and we have laws for all those acts, yet they don’t affect the right to protest. I tell you from recent contemp;lation about our country: give your right to protest away and you’re only other recourse to opposing tyranny is violence or boycott. Boycott is rarely an effectivve option. Take away your speech for protest and they’ll next be gaoling you for what you’re typing on the Internet. They’re afraid of your power of communication. This is their direct response.

    • There are already laws against being violent, committing offences, blocking traffic…this new law will allow protesters who are doing none of these things to be arrested

    • Typically, a protest is allowed to block off certain streets when a Form1 is given and approved for designated areas. You are quite right in saying that if protesters are being violent, erect structures, block off areas not covered in their Form1 or sell things for $$$, the police can ask them to move along. What they cant do is stop a protest that is not violent and adheres to the guidelines set out in the Form1.

    • Do you sincerely believe that is all they will do? All of them? All the time?
      In the province of Quebec Canada, the Liberal majority government enacted a similar law to quell student protests against severe increases in student tuition. The result was quite spectacular. First the Police took advantage of the new law and acted very harshly, manhandling everybody including passerbys. Tear gas, pepper spray was used with abandon. Student leaders were rounded up and held without bail. This is what you believe won’t happen, right? Remember I’m talking about Canada here. It happened there, and it will happen here. The reaction of the general public to this crackdown was unexpected. The parents, grandparents, and neighbors of families with school age children took to the streets. Student protesters which at best numbered in the hundreds were trumped and joined by protesters in the 10s of thousands. Faced with this obvious and overwhelming disapproval of the government’s attempt to restrict freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, the government rescinded law. Several police officers were charged with criminal offenses. Further, the government never recovered from this. An election was soon called and they were defeated. The motto on all Quebec car license plates is “Je me souviens” It is French for “I Remember” It’s a warning. Now how’s your history? Does it support your thinking that the police will use the new powers afforded them reasonably? Or does it support the likely hood that they will use the new law where it was not intended to be used. Be afraid! Be very afraid!!

    • “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor safety”-

      Benjamin Franklin

    • The problem is John, that these laws are always brought in as “slight changes” to give police seemingly harmless but necessary powers.

      This is simply not the case. The law will undoubtedly be used for any protest that threatens the established order, even if it is peaceful.

      Notice how there is a constant, sustained attack on our rights and once gone we never get them back?

      Just as the rest of the western world creeps towards fascism, so does Australia.

      These laws only serve the state. Not the people.

      Is it the government for the people or the people for the government?

    • they could do that anyway, especially under those circumstances

      the difference is now that they can do this with any group, without ever anything happen

      quite a few countries employed this kind if new law and it leads to a lot of crass things

      read the news

    • Actually the police can issue a move on order on a reasonable suspicion that your conduct, including future conduct, is likely to cause a breach of the peace – hang on are cops time lords now??

    • If this law stops people protesting anything at all, which is entirely within these bounds, the people have just lost undeniable rights, and the government of Victoria is in violation of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      This is not something to be offhanded as ‘Criminals are illegal!!!’
      If I get a bunch of people to protest this very law and stand on rooftops shouting; will I get arrested?
      For the sake of argument, let’s say I own the buildings we stand on the rooftops of.

      Will us ‘annoying, no-good protesters’ get stormed and shoved aside?
      For the sake of argument, let’s say rooftops are only to clarify we are not in anybodys way and the cops are allowed to travel inside the building and clear us away.

      Protesting this law being illegal is hypocrisy to the extreme and undeniably facist.

    • I am from europe, Germany to be specific. I can tell you, you are reading this way too naively. Reasons for an exclusion order or arrest for “public disorder” or “disorderly behaviour” or something like that can be found in about everything if you’re creative. And police is – it shows if the power is there it will be used.

      Legislations are always interpretable.

      Compare this to perhaps this here:
      http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/park-lounging-law-rankles-local-family-ordinance-1.285709?page=0

      There are reasons why people gather and protest. Or sleep on public benches.

      You need to find and fight the causes for disturbing things and not forcefully hide or forbid the symptoms.

      If the public – the sovereign of democracies – is being “inconvenient”, the start thinking not legislating.

    • John , you are a fuckheaded narrow minded ignorant sheep following cunt!!!!!!!!!! thanks for your time fuckhead fuck off and die cunt ! wait you already are fuckn brainddead….

    • I have seen a number of very obstructive protests that block people from entering/leaving a place, and some which have been very nasty, such as burning police cars and smashing in shop windows.
      I want that type blocked or hindered.
      I do not mind protests that inform, and circulate so that passage is not blocked.
      Let us see how this goes, the courts will quickly step in in case of abuse.

    • Wow, Australia, what a slippery slope you are on, you really should grow some cajones and establish self determination governed by the people not simple minded racist right wingers currently running your country, you are a shame to the free western world

    • Hi John, The Adelaide City Council told the March in March that they could NOT march as due to the Fringe there was a lot happening in Adelaide CBD on the day & it was concerned about safety. Instead the demo was OK’s for the steps Of SA Parliament House. The event was for 2 hrs from 12-2pm on Sunday. 5,000 people turned up & spoiled over the footpath onto the street, blocking the Cities main thoroughfare for 2 hours. If theses laws had been if effect in SA, police COULD have overridden the Councils authorisation & moved on people/arrested them. It was a peaceful demo. See how stupid it is?

  3. How do the people have a say against such stupid laws. Sick of my voice not being heard. Do you write letters to the politicians them selves or to the opposition?

    • Fair call John, but the issue here is that this Law is not limited to such ‘offences’ and State Police can order, not ask, order anyone protesting anything anywhere in the State of Victoria to move along. In other words if the Police or State Government do not want a protest against something that may be damaging to their image or more likely financial investments then the public cannot protest at all.

      It is, as of September, technically illegal to protest as soon as you or a group you represent are ordered to ‘move on’. The State Government and Police now also have the right to choose who can protest and who cannot. This is essentially unconstitutional and it also doesn’t take much though to see that this is not democratic at all.

  4. You read about these laws overseas and you never think it will happen in Australia. Well it has, but it won’t stop me peacefully protesting. I wouldn’t have the money to pay the fine, so I would just have to go to jail….so be it! I won’t go quietly, you can be assured of that!

    • Why the Vlad laws have been introduced

      The targeting of bikers by the government was an attempt at engineering consent to further draconian laws, eroding our democratic rights first implemented in the anti-terror bill of 2005. If the government can whip up public out rage/fear successfully they public will demand the repressive laws you are seeking to implement. It failed in the case, but worked with the hysteria of “coward punches” and Derryn Hinch is gaining some traction with his pantomime, while calling for the reintroduction of the death penalty. The guy is a complete degenerate.
      The attacks of 9/11 were the excuse the US had been waiting for to launch a strike in the Middle East as per plans that had been ready since the early 90′s (1) to offset US debt that was already well beyond what they could service. (1b) The 9/11 attacks would also serve as the excuse to curtail many democratic rights, supposedly to fight terrorism, but were in fact being put into place, as launching an illegal war and the worsening financial situation would require police state suppression to prevent organized opposition coalescing that would threaten the status quo, and the state itself. (2)
      In America and the rest of the world are now acutely aware that the wars in the middle east were wars of predatory aggression based on lies, rendering every politician who did not oppose the war, a war criminal.
      The burden for financial crash of 2008 that has not been overcome as job are shed hand over fist (3) and the loses incurred by the bankers and big investors has been put on the backs of workers, in the way of job cuts, speed ups and the giving up of all entitlements that were won by workers during the great depression of the 30′s. This cannot be done democratically as wealth disparity in Australia is 2nd only to the US. The calls by Joe Hocking for austerity and the end to entitlements just shows the utter contempt these psychopaths have for our lives…., these people are recognised psychopaths. (4)

      Draconian police state laws already in place that
      dovetail with Vlad provisions
      1. Sedition. 7 years jail for criticising the government, or urging disaffection. (2)
      2. Any organization, including political parties can be outlawed as terrorist organizations on the same basis. (All political parties when they register have to give over 500 names and addresses, these names and address can be used for dragnets picking up members of a party who can be incarcerated and ostensibly throw away the key.) (2)
      3. Amendment 2006 military call out bill
      This gives the PM the power to unilaterally call out the army on domestic soil to put down social discontent that “threatens important infrastructure” using LETHAL force–shoot to kill impunity. (4)
      4. The ACC can pull anyone off the street whether they think they are innocent or guilty of any crime, you cannot remain silent, you must give that whatever they want re personal items etc, you can have a solicitor present but if you tell anyone you have been interrogated its 5 years jail, that includes telling your wife. So what the fuck is the solicitor for, you can’t go to court. (5)
      5. Vlad laws are to stop political opposition from forming, with anti association laws (6)
      6. Laws being passed in Melbourne to restrict the right to protest are part of the same deal and there are already anti association laws in place in Victoria. (7)
      7. The tragic death of 18-year-old Daniel Christie as a result of an apparently random assault on New Year’s Eve has been seized on by politicians and the corporate media, to demand greater punitive police powers. (8)
      8. The anti terror bill had a sunset clause of 2010, but it is still valid when terrorism is not threat to our way of life, that is the emergency requirement to allow for the laws to passed in the first place.(9)

      The bikers are being used as scapegoats, just as was attempted
      with David Hicks, Mabou Habib, Jack Thomas and Dr Haneef (10), to justify the continuation of the anti-terror bill. If there is no threat, then why are our rights being attack. This is not close to all the measures, illegal use of the military suspending other constitutional rights that has taken place. There is no rule of law, we are living in a dictatorship of finance capital to whom all politicians are beholden, they don’t care whether we live or die quite frankly.
      The government of this country, a government that in every sense an illegal alien force, went to war based on lies that has taken the lies of 2 million people against our will, against the will of the people of the world, as the protest against war were the largest in history. Larger are yet to come, and the Vlad laws a just one part of preparation that has been going on for years. The only thing a petition will do will give them confidence that we are not aware of what is taking place and that no credible opposition to their dictatorial rule exists.
      Finally this is history repeating itself, because the opposition required to overcome the same situation under the same conditions did exist, but was defeated, with understand the lessons of history a worse defeat is in store.

      War and the Fourth International
      (June 10, 1934) Leon Trotsky

      Translated by Sara Weber.
      Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Trotsky Internet Archive.

      The catastrophic commercial, industrial, agrarian and financial crisis, the break in international economic ties, the decline of the productive forces of humanity, the unbearable sharpening of class and international contradictions mark the twilight of capitalism and fully confirm the Leninist characterisation of our epoch as one of wars and revolutions.
      The war of 1914-18 officially ushered in a new epoch. Its most important political events up to now have been: the conquest of power by the Russian proletariat in 1917 and the smashing of the German proletariat in the year 1933. The terrible calamities of the peoples in all parts of the world and even the more terrible dangers that tomorrow holds in store result from the fact that the revolution of 1917 did not find victorious development on the European and world arena.
      Inside the individual countries, the historic blind alley of capitalism expresses itself in chronic unemployment, in the lowering of the living standards of the workers, in the ruination of the peasantry and the town petty bourgeoisie, in the decomposition and decay of the parliamentary state, in the monstrous poisoning of the people by “social” and “national” demagogy (today it takes the form of the war on terror, coward punches, vicious bikie associations etc) in face of an actual liquidation of social reforms, of the pushing aside and replacement of old ruling parties by a naked military-police apparatus (Bonapartism, of capitalist decline), in the growth of fascism, in its conquering power and smashing of each and every proletarian organization.
      On the world arena, the same processes are washing away the last remnants of stability in international relations, driving every conflict between the states to the very edge of the knife, laying bare the futility of pacifist attempts, giving rise to the growth of armaments on a new and higher technical basis and thus leading to a new imperialist war. Fascism is its most consistent artificer and organiser.
      On the other hand, the exposure of the thoroughly reactionary, putrefied and robber nature of modern capitalism, the destruction of democracy, reformism and pacifism (all efforts at different economic polices have failed, the nation state is no longer viable), the urgent and burning need of the proletariat to find a safe path away from imminent disaster put the international revolution on the agenda with renewed force.
      Only the overthrow of the bourgeoisie by the insurgent proletariat can save humanity from a new, devastating slaughter of the peoples.
      Preparation for a New War
      1. The same causes, inseparable from modern capitalism, that brought about the last imperialist war have now reached infinitely greater tension than in the middle of 1914. The fear of the consequences of a new war is the only factor that fetters the will of imperialism. But the efficacy of this brake is limited. The stress of inner contradictions pushes one country after another on the road to fascism, which, in its turn, cannot maintain power except by preparing international explosions. All governments fear war. But none of the governments has any freedom of choice. Without a proletarian revolution, a new world war is inevitable. (11)

      (1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha1rEhovONU
      (1b)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/07/trad-j22.html
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2001/04/glob-a04.html
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2000/12/me_test-d30.html
      (2)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2006/06/terr-j21.html
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2005/12/meet-d01.html
      (3)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/03/07/econ-m07.html
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/18/comp-f18.html
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/02/01/cons-f01.html
      (4)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgGyvxqYSbE
      (5)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/02/14/accp-f14.htm
      (6) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/10/23/bike-o23.html
      (7)http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-18/protesters-march-through-cbd-for-the-right-to-protest/526719
      (8)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/01/17/chri-j17.html
      (9)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2009/03/high-m13.html
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/05/24/terr-m22.html
      (10)http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2006/07/hick-j07.html
      (11)https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1934/06/warfi.htm

    • Why the Vlad laws have been introduced

      The targeting of bikers by the government was an attempt at engineering consent to further draconian laws, eroding our democratic rights first implemented in the anti-terror bill of 2005. If the government can whip up public out rage/fear successfully they public will demand the repressive laws you are seeking to implement. It failed in the case, but worked with the hysteria of “coward punches” and Derryn Hinch is gaining some traction with his pantomime, while calling for the reintroduction of the death penalty. The guy is a complete degenerate.
      The attacks of 9/11 were the excuse the US had been waiting for to launch a strike in the Middle East as per plans that had been ready since the early 90′s (1) to offset US debt that was already well beyond what they could service. (1b) The 9/11 attacks would also serve as the excuse to curtail many democratic rights, supposedly to fight terrorism, but were in fact being put into place, as launching an illegal war and the worsening financial situation would require police state suppression to prevent organized opposition coalescing that would threaten the status quo, and the state itself. (2)
      In America and the rest of the world are now acutely aware that the wars in the middle east were wars of predatory aggression based on lies, rendering every politician who did not oppose the war, a war criminal.
      The burden for financial crash of 2008 that has not been overcome as job are shed hand over fist (3) and the loses incurred by the bankers and big investors has been put on the backs of workers, in the way of job cuts, speed ups and the giving up of all entitlements that were won by workers during the great depression of the 30′s. This cannot be done democratically as wealth disparity in Australia is 2nd only to the US. The calls by Joe Hocking for austerity and the end to entitlements just shows the utter contempt these psychopaths have for our lives…., these people are recognised psychopaths. (4)

      Draconian police state laws already in place that
      dovetail with Vlad provisions
      1. Sedition. 7 years jail for criticising the government, or urging disaffection. (2)
      2. Any organization, including political parties can be outlawed as terrorist organizations on the same basis. (All political parties when they register have to give over 500 names and addresses, these names and address can be used for dragnets picking up members of a party who can be incarcerated and ostensibly throw away the key.) (2)
      3. Amendment 2006 military call out bill
      This gives the PM the power to unilaterally call out the army on domestic soil to put down social discontent that “threatens important infrastructure” using LETHAL force–shoot to kill impunity. (4)
      4. The ACC can pull anyone off the street whether they think they are innocent or guilty of any crime, you cannot remain silent, you must give that whatever they want re personal items etc, you can have a solicitor present but if you tell anyone you have been interrogated its 5 years jail, that includes telling your wife. So what the fuck is the solicitor for, you can’t go to court. (5)
      5. Vlad laws are to stop political opposition from forming, with anti association laws (6)
      6. Laws being passed in Melbourne to restrict the right to protest are part of the same deal and there are already anti association laws in place in Victoria. (7)
      7. The tragic death of 18-year-old Daniel Christie as a result of an apparently random assault on New Year’s Eve has been seized on by politicians and the corporate media, to demand greater punitive police powers. (8)
      8. The anti terror bill had a sunset clause of 2010, but it is still valid when terrorism is not threat to our way of life, that is the emergency requirement to allow for the laws to passed in the first place.(9)

      The bikers are being used as scapegoats, just as was attempted
      with David Hicks, Mabou Habib, Jack Thomas and Dr Haneef (10), to justify the continuation of the anti-terror bill. If there is no threat, then why are our rights being attack. This is not close to all the measures, illegal use of the military suspending other constitutional rights that has taken place. There is no rule of law, we are living in a dictatorship of finance capital to whom all politicians are beholden, they don’t care whether we live or die quite frankly.
      The government of this country, a government that in every sense an illegal alien force, went to war based on lies that has taken the lies of 2 million people against our will, against the will of the people of the world, as the protest against war were the largest in history. Larger are yet to come, and the Vlad laws a just one part of preparation that has been going on for years. The only thing a petition will do will give them confidence that we are not aware of what is taking place and that no credible opposition to their dictatorial rule exists.
      Finally this is history repeating itself, because the opposition required to overcome the same situation under the same conditions did exist, but was defeated, with understand the lessons of history a worse defeat is in store.

      War and the Fourth International
      (June 10, 1934) Leon Trotsky

      Translated by Sara Weber.
      Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for the Trotsky Internet Archive.

      The catastrophic commercial, industrial, agrarian and financial crisis, the break in international economic ties, the decline of the productive forces of humanity, the unbearable sharpening of class and international contradictions mark the twilight of capitalism and fully confirm the Leninist characterisation of our epoch as one of wars and revolutions.
      The war of 1914-18 officially ushered in a new epoch. Its most important political events up to now have been: the conquest of power by the Russian proletariat in 1917 and the smashing of the German proletariat in the year 1933. The terrible calamities of the peoples in all parts of the world and even the more terrible dangers that tomorrow holds in store result from the fact that the revolution of 1917 did not find victorious development on the European and world arena.
      Inside the individual countries, the historic blind alley of capitalism expresses itself in chronic unemployment, in the lowering of the living standards of the workers, in the ruination of the peasantry and the town petty bourgeoisie, in the decomposition and decay of the parliamentary state, in the monstrous poisoning of the people by “social” and “national” demagogy (today it takes the form of the war on terror, coward punches, vicious bikie associations etc) in face of an actual liquidation of social reforms, of the pushing aside and replacement of old ruling parties by a naked military-police apparatus (Bonapartism, of capitalist decline), in the growth of fascism, in its conquering power and smashing of each and every proletarian organization.
      On the world arena, the same processes are washing away the last remnants of stability in international relations, driving every conflict between the states to the very edge of the knife, laying bare the futility of pacifist attempts, giving rise to the growth of armaments on a new and higher technical basis and thus leading to a new imperialist war. Fascism is its most consistent artificer and organiser.
      On the other hand, the exposure of the thoroughly reactionary, putrefied and robber nature of modern capitalism, the destruction of democracy, reformism and pacifism (all efforts at different economic polices have failed, the nation state is no longer viable), the urgent and burning need of the proletariat to find a safe path away from imminent disaster put the international revolution on the agenda with renewed force.
      Only the overthrow of the bourgeoisie by the insurgent proletariat can save humanity from a new, devastating slaughter of the peoples.
      Preparation for a New War
      1. The same causes, inseparable from modern capitalism, that brought about the last imperialist war have now reached infinitely greater tension than in the middle of 1914. The fear of the consequences of a new war is the only factor that fetters the will of imperialism. But the efficacy of this brake is limited. The stress of inner contradictions pushes one country after another on the road to fascism, which, in its turn, cannot maintain power except by preparing international explosions. All governments fear war. But none of the governments has any freedom of choice. Without a proletarian revolution, a new world war is inevitable. (11)

  5. We just handed our space over to the police and the power/s that control/orders them.

    “OOoooOOOoooo, chochochocho, next stop, police state”.

    This train ends in disaster!

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  7. Does this infringe the implied freedom of political communication, contravening the constitution?

    Think about it, people are protesting political issues. The burden on communication (move on or commit an offence) has to be reasonably and appropriately adapted to the legitimate purpose (blocking traffic or access to buildings).

    If police have too much discretion, the law could be ruled invalid.

  8. Such a law wouldn´t be accepted by people in a free country. If indeed the police have such powers then you guys are in deep trouble. I would take two approaches. One would be to make a legal challenge to the law.

    Two would be to gather about 20 thousand people and block the streets around wherever they passed the law. But you do need 20 thousand people. And you need 20 thousand in standby, because if the first 20 thousand do get arrested then you need another 20 thousand to replace them.

    But I wouldn´t stand by and let them do this to you, period. You are on your way to be herded like sheep. Or is it kangaroos?

    • We Australians are famous for whinging about things we don’t like and then doing absolutely nothing about it.

      Ok, maybe someone might create a Facebook page.

  9. Don’t be afraid to speak up and say what is right! Nelson Mandela made history because he believed in peace and freedom! We need more Nelson mandelas to carry out his legacy! Lock me up! I will fight for my right! I will fight for the people!

  10. tey cant not do this for its an breach off human rights.One do have the right to speack up. what the government want all people to be silince what an joke on rthem

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      • Well, John this is the beginning of our rights being removed then no you don’t have a right to an opinion. Especially if you are a public servant. No saying anything naughty about our illustrious leader or is that Fürher, I’m confused.

    • LEÓN, it is wise to let each person be the judge. It would seem that you don’t know the meaning of the word. John has contributed to the discussion.
      I am too tired to…

  12. Everyone just opt for jail. They would soon change the law back when the prisons are overflowing. Homeless people could protest and get a roof over their head and three meals a day. Courtesy of the government. I will not be silenced and I will not be bullied.

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  16. They never needed laws to move the Occupy Sydney peaceful protest and extra ordinary work to feed the homeless. Well, we all know it’s become widely known that it’s ok and actually right to have homeless and hungry people all around the world, but it’s illegal to protest their hunger and lack of roofs over their heads.

    These laws are just a cover up to what they have been doing for years so no new politician will come one day and sue their asses.

    Governments sue individuals and corps sue governments (latest Coca Cola law suit against Vic).

    Monopoly and very close to a game over if people don’t start doing what must be done.

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  19. This is about an increasing move towards censorship – clear and simple..

    This is about government and/or big business committing unethical, even unlawful acts and all those that oppose it being silenced.

    Want to protest: World Heritage: Barrier Reef, Tasmanian Forests, workers rights etc..nope do it on social media where we can track you. But in the streets – sorry ‘move on’ or get arrested…go back home, where we can monitor you..just wait..it’s like what happened with communism..threats ‘disappeared’ in the night..

    This is what governments do; it’s a move a towards a nationalistic police state. Policy makers and power brokers turn up the volume now and then turn it back down alittle so we don’t feel our civil liberties being eroded..only to increase the volume by a factor of one each time. One day you wake up finding that things aren’t so rosy; quality of life, quality of our food, the cost of living and the natural beauty of this great country all but destroyed..

    While Australia is a great country and we have many things to offer, if we are not careful to protect our assets they will be sold to the highest foreign bidder, soon all our mines will be empty..then what?…nothing..you cannot protest.

    Governments aren’t stupid, they see this happening: Our planet is seriously overpopulated, food supply, finite resources, pollution and irreversible enviro destruction…I mean, come on! It’s quite obvious what is on the horizon..no one want’s to see it though…dramatic price increases on staple goods, cost of living becoming a real issue, lost jobs as industries dry up.. and the power brokers trying to control the masses (yep, population will continue to compound). All this is simply going to lead to increased population control, conservative conformity, one-sided media, police state mentality and erosion of our civil liberties.

    I worry about the world I will leave for my children..

  20. Alright chums. Let’s do this. September, Victoria. Disorganised, decentralised, small groups of friends only protests. Let’s get fined, and let’s all appeal them. Empty your bank accounts and keep them running skint until September so you are eligible for legal aid too if possible, so make the state pay for you to appeal this unconstitutional fucking ridiculous law.

    Add me on Twitter, and let me know if you will be protesting and where. Keep it on the down low, if any group is involved threats and harassment can dissuade them from following through, and information can be leaked beforehand–innocently or sycophantically–leading to sabotage. But this is definitely an illegal law, an immoral law, and an abhorrent law we must all stand opposed to.

    In NSW they tried to claim we needed permits to protest, and I thought that was terrible, especially given that by the legislation we do not–and even the crown prosecutor writing for the police magazine detailed that it was a courtesy but not requisite and that police interacting with or giving a hard time to protestor’s is a bad move and should be avoided–but on the street, at the time of protest on a weekend or after court hours, you run the risk of arrest and detainment until a court is open to then laugh the charges out but the bottom line is that being arrested is a traumatic event many people do not want to experience and thus it means by default people are intimidated.

    In 2014 we are more intimidated, as a peoples, by our police and our government than by criminals and terrorists. We will have more negative interaction with our police and our government than criminals and terrorists. And we have a higher chance of being murdered, assaulted, battered, stolen from, and having our freedom trampled by police and government than criminals and terrorists. I put it to you that in 2014 the police and governments ARE the criminals and terrorist, and it’s our own fault for being complacent.

    @bashpr0mpt — add me on Twitter. Let’s oppose this bullshit.

  21. Gain an understanding how Queensland Aboriginals have been affected by Queensland move-on laws. I think this may be even worse.

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  23. If this law truly impinges on the freedom of political communication, which is constitutionally entrenched, it will be thrown out by the High Court in its first challenge.

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  25. This article is misleading. I just read the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013 (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/bill/soasab2013395/) – most of which deals with Alcohol laws – and it doesn’t say anything about a $750 fine and the 2 years in jail is in relation to breaching an exclusion order. An exclusion order is only made following repeat offences. The change of “safety” to “safety or” under Summary Offences Act 1966 is a bit sketchy – especially 2″(f) the person is or persons are causing, or likely to cause, an undue obstruction to another person or persons or traffic” and 2″(h) the person is or persons are impeding or attempting to impede another person from lawfully entering or leaving premises or part of premises.”.”

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  29. Wow, free speech under attack in Canada? Canada never had free speech to begin with, this was just the next logical step. Have fun staying in-doors and letting your government sew your poor little mouths shut! You have only yourselves to blame.

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