Ryan Gosling stops traffic. Climate protester jailed
The new law takes us back to 1970s Queensland, where, following public protests against the South African Springboks rugby team, Joe Bjelke-Petersen enacted draconian anti-protest laws.
Fallen Guy The film is a remake of the 1980s television series of the same name, which starred Lee Majors (The six million dollar man) as one of a group of stuntmen who used their Hollywood knowledge to catch criminals. Majors’ character and crew hunted the bad guys for five seasons from 1981 to 1986.
I watched Fallen Guy? Of course not – I heatedly discussed the relative merits of Jeremy Irons vs. Anthony Andrews in Return to Brideshead. Here I acknowledge my innate snobbery. The Bridge Incident Would Be Less Annoying If It Was a Sequel Muriel’s wedding Or an adaptation of a Tim Winton novel? And I’m still mad at Ryan Gosling for the two hours of my life that I spent watching La La Land that I will never return? Yes and yes.
But it seems inherently unfair that someone who is sincerely trying to warn the world of the imminent threat of climate catastrophe should be sentenced to jail for minor inconvenience while an American film company, which undoubtedly has a huge carbon footprint, gets the green light. .
When the Roads and Crimes Amendment Bill was passed, NSW Civil Liberties Council President Pauline Wright said she was shocked that Australia passed a law in 2022 threatening peaceful protesters with heavy fines: In a liberal democracy, the government should welcome citizens to express their opinions, and not try to forbid it. This law is outrageous, but it is not the end of the road – we fought for protest rights in the 70s and won, and we will do the same now.”
So, the next time you get disproportionately angry at a young woman for making you late for work, remember what she stands for – the right to publicly tell the government that you disagree with it.
The legal basis for the right to protest in New South Wales is the common right of peaceful assembly, which can be traced back to Magna Carta, a charter of freedom dated 1215. In the words of Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.”
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