Tens of thousands of fines issued during the COVID pandemic are to be withdrawn or refunded by the New South Wales state of Australia after government lawyers conceded on Tuesday that some fines were invalid in a test case brought by a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.
Australia's largest state will withdraw or refund tens of thousands of fines issued during the COVID-19 pandemic after government lawyers conceded on Tuesday 29 November 2022 that some fines were invalid in a test case brought by a legal advocacy group.
Rohan Pank was fined for sitting in a Sydney park during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Mr Pank was joined by two other Sydneysiders who received Covid penalties. Their fines were declared invalid on Tuesday and 33,121 more were withdrawn.
The NSW government has conceded that two COVID-19 fines being challenged in a Supreme Court test case are invalid, opening the door for more than 30,000 other people to have fines worth $30 million cancelled.