RLC regularly sees new clients who are the target of what would ordinarily be called police harassment. In NSW it is described as 'proactive policing'.
Young people, Aboriginal people, those with mental health issues - these clients describe scenarios where they are stopped several times a day, searched and verbally baited. Particularly for people with mental health issues of depression and persecution, this level of police attention frustrates the client's treatment plan and prospects of rehabilitation. Compounding the problem is the inability of current anti-discrimination law to protect these people.
Tens of thousands of fines issued during the COVID pandemic are to be withdrawn or refunded by the New South Wales state of Australia after government lawyers conceded on Tuesday that some fines were invalid in a test case brought by a legal advocacy group.