John Brumby must act to ensure the safety of staff and equipment at the Hazelwood power station ahead of tomorrow’s Switch Off Hazelwood
Last year’s rally saw numerous arrests for offences including trespass and assaulting police. Perimeter fences were compromised by protesters, with protest organisers claiming that ‘direct action’ is a legitimate form of protest.
Ahead of tomorrow’s protest, organisers have posted testimonials from those arrested last year which clearly encourage protesters to disregard the serious nature of arrest:
‘ … my arrest was probably relatively cushy, but I found the whole experience of the action, and the follow up (e.g fundraising and more little actions) really empowering’
‘I got arrested with 3 others at Hazelwood - my first ever arrest! It was good being with friends, actually it was hilarious, i (
sic) was laughing most of the time’.
“With Peter Batchelor walking away from the energy portfolio, John Brumby must do more to ensure the safety and security of the staff and critical infrastructure at Hazelwood power station,” Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources Michael O’Brien said today.
“Hazelwood produces over 20 per cent of Victoria’s electricity needs and there can be no excuse for radical protesters threatening those who work at Hazelwood or the security of electricity supply to Victorian families.
“Peaceful, lawful protest has an important place in civic society but last year’s Hazelwood rally showed that some extremists are prepared to break the law and put themselves and others at risk.
“John Brumby has been warned. Now he needs to act,” Mr O’Brien said.