New federal legislation closes a loophole in existing law, prescribing significant jail-time for Pine Gap protesters who insist on invading the facility. Greens senator Scott Ludlam is outraged:
"It is very unfortunate that Attorney-General Robert McClelland has followed his predecessor's lead, finishing what Ruddock started by amending the law to further crack down on peaceful protest."Protesters can still protest; they'll just have to remain outside the base.
He described the amendments as "retrospective revenge" designed to "punish and frighten those thinking about engaging in non-violent resistance against Pine Gap's role in war-making".