Australia: Lawyers call on NSW premier to urgently review thousands of Covid fines

The Guardian reports

The Law Society of New South Wales has called on the premier, Dominic Perrottet, to “urgently” review thousands of Covid fines issued to the state’s most vulnerable, warning many were invalid, unfair, and have caused the disadvantaged to amass “debt they are unable to pay”.

Earlier this year, the Guardian revealed that small towns with high Indigenous populations and western Sydney suburbs home to the city’s most socioeconomically disadvantaged residents bore the brunt of Covid fines during the ramp-up in enforcement in the Delta outbreak.

Data obtained by the Redfern Legal Centre showed that small towns including Walgett, Brewarrina and Wilcannia had the most fines per capita over the entire outbreak, with about six in 100 people living Walgett receiving fines. Eleven of the 15 communities where fines were most commonly issued also suffered the state’s highest level of social disadvantage.

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