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NSW Police Force statement on Supreme Court decision

NSW Police Force statement on Supreme Court decision”

While the NSW Police Force recognises and supports the rights of individuals to exercise their right to free speech, large-scale events, such as these, are now subject to restrictions under the Public Health Act.

Barrister Felicity Graham, acting on behalf of the rally's leader Padraic Gibson, said they would lodge an appeal and successfully asked for the court order to be temporarily suspended until Monday morning so they could offer to police to move the protest to the Domain as a compromise.

Black Lives Matter protest organiser Paddy Gibson talks to media after the Supreme Court handed down its decision not to allow the protest.

NSW Health's Dr Jeremy McAnulty rated the risk of transmission at the rally as "medium" and told the court he was concerned about whether social distancing could be maintained.

Organisers have nevertheless promised to risk arrest and gather outside Town Hall at noon on Tuesday as planned.

The rally was originally planned to take place this Tuesday, and was organised by the family of David Dungay jnr, a Dunghutti man who died in police custody in 2015.

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"The only way that's going to stop this protest is if the Premier calls Safe Work New South Wales and calls the department of public prosecutions to undertake an investigation".

"We do not suspend the basic fight for justice that Aboriginal people have got going in this country just because there's a pandemic", he told national broadcaster the ABC.

Australian health authorities have been fighting more than 100 outbreaks in the neighbouring state of Victoria, which saw a record 10 deaths overnight, raising fears that small clusters in New South Wales could quickly escalate.

Justice Ierac said he accepted Ms Maloney's evidence that she had made up her own mind to take legal action to de-authorise the protest even though she was aware of Mr Fuller's strong words on 2GB earlier that morning.

Mr Gibson produced a COVID safety plan, in which he said people should wear masks, practice hand hygiene and leave contact details with organisers so they could be notified in the event a demonstrator tests positive to coronavirus.



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