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No special laws for Santos!


Since 2010, Santos has donated $568,857 to the LNP.1 Yesterday, the NSW Government announced that they'll introduce laws that will make Santos' life easier. This is the toxic influence of mining companies over our politicians at its very worst.

The #SantosLaw will increase the penalty for protesting at coal seam gas sites by over ten times, from $500 to $5500. Worse, protesters could be thrown in jail for seven years for peacefully defending their land and water.2 At the same time CSG companies who drill illegally are now likely to dodge the maximum penalty of $1.1 million and instead be let off with a fine of $5000.3

In other words, a coal seam gas mining company can be fined less for endangering land and water than you can for protecting that land and water.

And it gets worse -- these new laws could also restrict the right to free assembly -- giving police extra powers to move people on, even if they are on public land.4

Can you sign the petition demanding NSW Premier Mike Baird abandon these undemocratic changes immediately?


References
[1] AEC Political Donations
[2] Mining protesters could face seven years' jail under Baird government CSG plans, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March 2016
[3] Smaller penalties for CSG companies amid crack down on protesters, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2016
[4] EXPLAINER: Mike Baird's Anti-Protest Laws – What Are They And Who Hates Them, New Matilda, 7 March 2016

The NSW state government is increasing the current penalty for protesting at coal seam gas sites by over ten times, from $500 to $5500. At the same time they've introduced a pathetic new penalty regime for CSG companies that could see companies fined just $5000 for prospecting or mining without authority. That's down from existing laws, which say a court could prosecute companies up to $1.1 million. 1

A CSG company can now be fined less for endangering land and water than you would be for protecting that land and water.

And it gets worse -- these new laws give police extra search and seizure powers and extra power to move people on -- restricting the right to free assembly. Even if protesters are on public land.2


References
[1] Smaller penalties for CSG companies amid crack down on protesters, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 2016
[2] EXPLAINER: Mike Baird's Anti-Protest Laws – What Are They And Who Hates Them, New Matilda, 7 March 2016

SIGN THE PETITION AGAINST THE SANTOS LAWS!

To NSW Premier Mike Baird and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts,

We reject any proposed law changes that will make life easier for mining companies at the expense of our civil liberties.

Immediately abandon your undemocratic #SantosLaw changes to increase penalties for protesting at mining sites, give police extra search and seizure powers, and restrict our rights to free assembly.




15,625 signatures


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