Anti-protest laws are an affront to democracy. They have no place in Australia | Kieran Pender

We are unique among liberal democracies in lacking robust legal protection for human rights

On Tuesday a small public protest was held in Devonport, a coastal city in northern Tasmania. It was, as someone described on social media, a protest by “shop-keepers, farmers, fisherman, bakers, retirees and accommodation operators” who felt they were “left out by decision makers”.

Such protests might not always get the attention they deserve from the media. They are lucky to get a newspaper headline here, or a spot on the evening news there. But protests like these are the lifeblood of our democracy.

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