Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown is launching a high court challenge to Tasmania’s anti-protest laws, arguing that the laws breach the right to freedom of political communication.
The case comes as both the NSW and Western Australian governments seek to introduce and pass similar laws in the coming weeks.
The laws passed through the Tasmanian Parliament in 2014 and prohibit protests that hinder access to business premises or disrupt operations.
Mr Brown was arrested under the laws for peacefully demonstrating against logging of the Lapoinya Forest earlier this year.
He says the laws are unconstitutional.