|Wednesday, 21 September 2005
|NSWCCL media release: 6/2005
New laws to guarantee free speech must be introduced to protect the community from intimidation and the irresponsible use of the legal system to silence public debate, the Council for Civil Liberties said today.
The Council will join with leading community advocates at NSW Parliament today, including the Asbestos Diseases Foundation and campaigners on a national tour to highlight free speech, to call for legislation to be passed to establish a Bill of Rights protecting free speech.
SLAPP suits (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) are often used by a corporation or developer to sue an organisation in an attempt to scare it into dropping protests against a corporate initiative.
Secretary of NSW Council for Civil Liberties Stephen Blanks said:
"The removal of peace campaigner Scott Parkin and the $6.8 million civil lawsuit Gunns Limited, the Tasmanian woodchip company, has taken against 20 campaigners raises huge concerns for the future of free speech in Australia"
For more information, please call:
Cameron Murphy, President NSWCCL, 0411 769 769
Stephen Blanks, Secretary NSWCCL, 0414 448 654
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