15 August 2012
The right to a peaceful JPP protest must be respected – Greens
The Australian Greens have called for the police and WA Government to respect the right of people to peacefully protest Woodside’s actions at James Price Point.
“Community members, including Goolarabooloo people are today protesting against the transportation of drilling equipment set to undertake destructive work at James Price Point,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“This final piece of the rig will allow Woodside to begin drilling in the sand dunes at James Price Point. This work is not covered by the environmental assessment being considered by the Federal Government as it is classed as Preliminary survey ground-disturbing works but, as we have already seen from other works in this area, it still causes significant disruption to the landscape.
“The State Government has already moved to retrospectively change the law to protect Woodside against a legal challenge to the clearing that it undertook last year in the absence of the appropriate approvals.
“In the face of a clear lack of due process around environmental management of this site, communities have the right to peacefully protest Woodside’s actions.
“Reports suggest that people at the protest – including those simply acting as observers – are being issued with move on notices.
“I hope that that the Police and the State Government will recognise and respect the right of all people, to peaceful protest.
“It is important we do not see a repeat of the heavy-handed approach taken last year, that saw grandmothers carried off in their chairs by riot police,” Senator Siewert concluded.
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