Monday, November 04, 2019

More tyranny in Australia

The boycott is a fundamental tool of protest. By choosing who we buy from, we can send a message, and hopefully change corporate behaviour. Historically, boycotts have been effective, for example over apartheid in South Africa and Israel, in forcing divestment from Myanmar, and in ending bus segregation in the USA. Which is probably why Australia's increasingly tyrannical government wants to ban them:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has accused environmental activists of "economic sabotage" and "indulgent and selfish practices" and says the government will look at legislation limiting potential damage to businesses.

Mr Morrison also said secondary boycotts were affecting small businesses providing services to industries such as mining companies, and the government would seek to protect them as they had farms in the wake of animal rights protests.

"We need to progress cautiously, but if it's not OK to have secondary boycotts being run by unions - and we got rid of those a long time ago - then it's not OK for environmental - not environmental, these are anarchist groups, and that's what they are - to be able to disrupt people's jobs and their livelihoods and to harass in the way that we've seen down in Melbourne, it's ugly and I don't think it's good for our country," Mr Morrison told radio station 3AW on Friday.

He also wants to crack down on protests, all to support Australia's dirty fossil fuel industry. Which sounds like another reason to boycott Australia until they start behaving like a civilised democracy again.