Union concerns

Mr Shoebridge raises that "stop work" meetings could be considered a hinderance.

Ms Minter agrees, adding that union officials meeting with members onsite could also be considered hinderance to work as it requires the worker to pause working.

She continues that from a union perspective, workers handing out flyers and sharing events on facebook could be considered incitement, which is of great concern.

Mr Gambian adds that he recently attended a meeting to discuss forest protests, many of which were on "enclosed land". He highlights that under this bill he would potentially leave himself open for prosecution for allowing protest organisers to speak at a meeting he has facilitated. Mr Gambian reiterates that the "Right to Farm" Bill is erroneously named, as it actually removes rights from all community members including farmers.

The Hon. Catherine Cusack suggests that these concerns are all based on "hypotheses" and questions whether this legislation would affect protest given it only relates to "aggravated protest.

Mr Gambian responds by saying "aggravating" has a very broad definition. He highlights that protest requires drawing attention, many methods of which could be considered "aggravating". 

Ms Wright adds that all considerations will be hypothetical because the Bill has not yet become law.

Ms Minter continues by saying there is a huge disconnect in what the NSW Government is saying the legislation is saying and what the legislation actually says.