COVID Policing

Have you been stopped by police or had any interaction with police since the new public health rules were introduced in your area? Do you feel you have been treated unfairly? Do you know of an incident that concerns you?

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Civil liberties concerns over Australian police powers to issue fines for coronavirus rule breaches

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Matilda Boseley, Paul Karp and Ben Smee, The Guardian Australia, 31 March 2020 Police patrol Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia, after it was closed amid new social distancing rules brought in to combat the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Mark Evans/Getty Images Most states say police will use discretion over potential social distancing violations, but rights advocates argue public messaging on new...

Coronavirus rules: How different states in Australia are implementing new restrictions and what the penalties are

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ABC News, 31 March 2020 The Federal Government’s announcement that gatherings had been limited to two people sounded straightforward enough, but it has caused some confusion. With debates over what is essential vs non-essential, and what constitutes family, the actions you have to take may vary depending on where you live. What did the Federal Government say? On Sunday, Scott Morrison...

Policing The Pandemic

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Police Accountability Project, 30 March, 2020. As Victoria escalates its crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria Police must ensure its responses are aligned to the current circumstances and do not infringe upon the health, human rights and dignity of Victorian residents and visitors. There is urgent need to reduce the number of people coming into contact with the criminal legal system...

I thought I was safe to walk the beach with my daughter, then the police came

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Kasey Edwards The Age, 30 March 2020 The two police officers striding towards me were the first sign that I’d done the wrong thing. It was a sunny Saturday morning and I’d taken my 10-year-old daughter, who had a severe case of cabin fever from being cooped up most of the week, to the beach for a walk along the water’s edge. “I’m going to have to ask you to leave the beach; the beaches are...

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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