By Avi Yemeni, Rebel News Australia, Sunday, 4 October 2020 23:00
Daniel Wright is homeless but he’s getting his life back on track. That’s hard to do in the pandemic lockdown but he’s saved up $3,000 and he’s living in his car until he can get an apartment again.
But then the pandemic police came by.
They saw him sleeping in his car and they started to hassle him. He was a threat to no-one. He was bothering no-one. It was midnight — no-one else was around. But they gave him a $1,652 fine for breaking the “curfew”.
Except, he wasn’t — his car is his home, for now. And he was a threat to absolutely no-one.
This story is heartbreaking. Watch Daniel tell you what happened, in his own words:
How do you feel about that kind of policing? That’s not police work at all, is it?
The motto of the police in Victoria State is “Uphold the Right”. That’s the opposite of what they did. They punished a man who did nothing wrong. And their obscene fine will take half his life’s savings — money he needs to get out of his car and into his apartment to restart his life.
There’s no way Daniel can pay this fine. And there’s no way he can pay for a lawyer.
So we’re [Rebel Media Australia] going to help him. We’ve hired an excellent lawyer in Melbourne, Madeleine Smith, who has agreed to take the case. We’re going to pay her through crowdfunding — asking everyone who sees this video to chip in $5, $50 or even $500 to help fight back. Just click here, or go to www.FightTheFines.com.au
And this is just the beginning. We’ve invited any Australians who have received an abusive pandemic fine to tell us their story at that same website, and we’ll take all the cases we can.
If you are as moved by Daniel’s story as I am, please help me help him. As you can see, we’ve found an excellent lawyer. If you give us the tools, we’ll finish the job — please click here or donate at www.FightTheFines.com.au.
And on behalf of Daniel: thank you.
Chief Australia Correspondent
P.S. They said they wanted to “flatten the curve”, but they flattened our civil liberties. If you want to help us bring back some common sense to these out-of-control fines, please help by clicking here.
P.P.S. If you prefer to support us the old-fashioned way, please make cheques payable to “Smith & Tapper Lawyers” and write “on trust for Daniel Wright” as the memo.
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http://www.FightTheFines.com.au Avi Yemini speaks to a Melburnian who has been living in his car while saving money to pay for a place to live, only to be charged more than $1,600 for breaking curfew.
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