CONSERVATION groups seeking boycotts of products linked to environmental destruction may soon be liable for prosecution under consumer law.
The move could hamper market-based campaigns by groups such as Markets for Change and GetUp!
Currently, green groups have exemptions for secondary boycott activities under the Consumer and Competition Act. The Abbott government is going to review the act.
The move has strong backing within the Liberal and Nationals parties, as well as among sections of the ALP. They believe those profiting from destructive and cruel practices such as native forest logging and live export, might suffer financially (and have to lift their game).
However, it is good to know they fear our markets campaigns. We need to get busy with letting consumers and retailers know not to deal in destruction