Activists fight against ‘SLAPP’ Suits

After the 2019 Climate Change election have the ground rules changed? No change coming from the parliament, surprise. Repression is building in the courts with activists being sued for stopping coal trucks. Activists fight back.

This week we talk about SLAPP suits – “strategic lawsuits against public participation”; when corporations sue political activists. We hear what are SLAPP suits and why are they a problem from Greg Ogle, and then the different experiences from Adam Burling who was sued by woodchipping company Gunns, Shae Anderson who was sued by McDonalds, and Sadie Jones who is currently being sued by coal freight company Aurizon.

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This week we talk about SLAPP suits – “strategic
lawsuits against public participation”; when corporations sue political
activists. We hear what are SLAPP suits and why are they a problem from Greg
Ogle, and then the different experiences from Adam Burling who was sued by
woodchipping company Gunns, Shae Anderson who was sued by McDonalds, and Sadie
Jones who is currently being sued by coal freight company Aurizon.

Andy interviews activists who had all been the subject of companies
using strategic litigation against the public participation (SLaPP) suits. Greg
Ogle
(South Australian Hindmarsh Bridge), Adam Burling (Gunns paper mill in Tasmania), Shae
Andersen
(McDonald’s in Tecoma Victoria), and Sadie Jones (Aurizon in
Brisbane, Queensland).

Greg Ogle (Conservation Council sued over Hindmarsh
Island Bridge)(https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/environment-activists-slapped#t=3:52
) talks about strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP). It has
a long history both…

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