RLC in the Media: Call for COVID fines to be revoked

Redfern Legal Centre is calling on the NSW government to revoke all COVID-19 fines it claims were issued incorrectly to people "undertaking lawful recreation".

ABC Breakfast News

The legal centre's solicitor Samantha Lee said many fines of between $1,000 and $3,000 had been issued to people for sitting in a park, away from others, and not in nominated COVID hotspot areas.

"If police have issued a fine to someone just because they were sitting and not breaching the COVID rules, then that fine should be dismissed," she said.

"We are concerned that the cases we are seeing are just the tip of the iceberg, and that many more people may have been fined by police when they're not doing anything wrong."

She said the public health order allowed for people in Greater Sydney and New South Wales — except for in the areas of concern — to undertake recreation with one other person, or with members of the same household.

Read full news item (ABC News, 26 August 2021)