The state government has funded a ‘how-to’ environmental protest documentary, the shadow resources minister has said.
Labor member Shane Broad addressed parliament on Thursday night about the Wild Things documentary which has been supported by the state-funded arts organisation Screen Tasmania.
Dr Broad said the production is “an eco-protestor recruitment film”.
“This is a ‘how to’ manual for forest protest action, including how to lock on to machinery and disrupt legitimate forest operations,” Dr Broad said.
“The next generation of eco-warriors will be ‘brought to you’ by Peter Gutwein’s Liberal government.”
On its website featuring ‘Save the Tarkine’ and Stop Adani imagery, producer 360 Degree Films says the film “follows a new generation of environmental activists”.
“Armed only with mobile phones, this growing army of eco warriors will do whatever it takes to save their futures from the ravages of climate change.
“From chaining themselves to coal trains, sitting high in the canopy of threatened rainforest for days on end or locking onto bulldozers, their non-violent tactics are designed to generate mass action.”
Dr Broad said the documentary, and its funding source, will delight the Greens, but embarrass the government.
“The government has clearly had second thoughts, and is so embarrassed they have purged all traces of the film and funding details from Screen Tasmania’s website.”