Changes introduced to forest protest laws (Vic)

A bulldozer clearing forest

On May 24th 2022, the Andrews government introduced changes to forest protesting laws, with fines of up to $21,000 or 12 months in jail and increased powers for authorised officers to search vehicles for so-called prohibited items. Despite widespread public support in Victoria for an end to native forest logging, this is a further attempt to demonise community members for peacefully protesting against logging. This comes after recent laws were passed in NSW targeting peaceful protesters who disrupt traffic or industrial sites.