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CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #1

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Monday 13 April, 2020 At the end of its first week of operation this new website has had 28 reports of inappropriate or concerning police interactions.  With publicity for the site only now starting to build we expect this number of reports to grow. Reports were received from Queensland (1), Tasmania (1) South Australia (1), NSW (5) and Victoria (20). Each week we’ll do a ‘round-up’ of the...

WA: Homeless Aboriginal people in Perth given move on notices by WA police

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By Rangi Hirini, NITV News 11 Apr 2020 Over the past week I have been seeing a number of posts popping up on social media by prominent Noongar activist, Herbert Bropho. Uncle Herb has been going down to visit a group of rough sleepers, located just blocks away from Perth’s main train station since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Australia. “I’ve been going to the city since Australia got...

NSW Police: Breakdown of latest Public Health Act charges and Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs)

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Published at NSW Police: Wednesday, 08 April 2020 03:41:31 PM These breakdowns are released daily by NSW Police – for more see here. Police have charged one person with offences under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and issued 15 COVID-19 related Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) since the last update. Charges: About 8.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 7 April 2020), police from Tuggerah Lakes...

Teen fined for taking driving lesson with her mum

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A Melbourne teenager says she was shocked when police issued her with a hefty fine for going out for a driving lesson with her mother on the weekend.Learner driver Hunter Reynolds, 17, who is completing her last year of school, told radio station 3AW she had been driving with her mother on the Peninsula Link in Frankston when she was pulled over and issued a $1652 fine for being “too far...

Osman Faruqi

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Osman Faruqi is the editor of 7am, Schwartz Media’s daily news podcast. He was previously the deputy editor of ABC Life and an award-winning reporter with the ABC’s flagship audio documentary program, Background Briefing. His analysis of NSW Police data for COVID-19 fines and arrests is worth following on Twitter. The top 4 local government areas with the most locally acquired COVID-19 cases...

Benjamin Millar

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Benjamin Millar is a journalist and writer in Melbourne’s west.

Not really sure what this chat is about as there is no sound with the vision. Kicking a footy with more than one person you don't live with? pic.twitter.com/qlKntLtCUL— Benjamin Millar (@BenjaminMillar) April 5, 2020

Beware what’s happening under the cover of COVID-19

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Elizabeth Farrelly OPINION The Age, 5 April 2020. Across the world, there’s growing concern that COVID-19 is enabling authoritarian governments to amass unprecedented powers that will outlast the crisis itself. In Turkey, Hungary, Egypt, Uganda and Serbia this might sound unsurprising. But, reports The Times, even the German government is seeking to access phone-logging data to track its...

Oversight is essential in the fast moving crisis that is COVID-19

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Ebony Bennett The Canberra Times, 4 April, 2020 Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures. State and federal governments are exercising broad new powers and deploying eye-popping public spending to manage the COVID-19 health and economic crises. But government transparency and parliamentary accountability will be crucial to preserving one all-important commodity: trust. There can be no...

Putting human rights at the heart of Australia’s response to COVID-19

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Human Rights Law Centre, 3 April, 2020 There is no doubt that this is a time for drastic action. In this moment of crisis, from our desks at home, the Human Rights Law Centre is working across the country to make sure our governments are responding appropriately, fairly and in a way that does not undermine our human rights and democracy for years to come. We’re also working hard to make sure...

Man eating kebab on bench among 50 people fined in NSW and Victoria for violating coronavirus laws

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Michael McGowan and Ben Smee, The Guardian Australia, 3 April, 2020. Concern that police crackdown to tackle public health emergency will disproportionately affect vulnerable people Eating a kebab on a bench, washing car windscreens at an intersection or sitting in a stationary car – these are just some of the reasons more than 50 people have been fined by police in New South Wales and...

This collaborative project aims to document incidents, reports, and examples from members of the public concerning COVID-19 policing, for use in monitoring and reporting, as well as legal advocacy and accountability. It is run by a group of legal and human rights advocacy organisations, backed up by a network of policing academics with a coordinator in each state.
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