Australian government may ban environmental boycotts

Australian government may ban environmental boycotts

Parliamentary secretary says there is ‘an appetite’ for removing environmental groups’ exemption from secondary boycotts ban

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A still from GetUp!’s NoHarveyNo campaign. Photograph: GetUp!

Coalition MPs and industry groups are using a review of competition laws to push for a ban on campaigns against companies on the grounds that they are selling products that damage the environment, for example by using old-growth timber or overfished seafood.

The parliamentary secretary for agriculture, Richard Colbeck, said the backbench rural committee and “quite a number in the ministry” want to use the review to remove an exemption for environmental groups from the consumer law ban on so-called “secondary boycotts”….