Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke to the Queensland Resource Council vowing to draft new laws banning protesters from boycotting companies.
Civil liberty groups warn the implications of these measures might attack free speech, and undermine every Australian’s right to protest. The changes were also called “legally questionable and morally dubious.”
The significance of where the Prime Minister spoke from, in resource-rich Queensland, was lost on nobody.
But who would benefit from these proposed changes? Is protest itself under attack, or has it become the latest political football in the culture war unfolding online?