Victoria Police must not enable the #ThugsVeto!

We are very concerned about the possibility of any future attempt by Victoria Police to utilise the power to levy fees, especially targeted at those organised events whose viability may be threatened by:

1. The conduct of groups who publicly proclaim their intention to violently disrupt such events and to threaten and harm and terrify those attending them; and,

2. The decision of the police, in response to such unlawful conduct, to impose crippling financial penalties upon the promoters of such events merely because they have called upon the police to perform responsibilities which constitute the ordinary discharge of a core police responsibility.

The victims of politically motivated violence and intimidation at public events are fully entitled to proper police protection. It is deeply troubling that Victoria Police gives the appearance of enabling unlawful conduct by failing to enforce the law on some occasions and, on others, charging fees on the victims.

Victoria Police will see their reputation restored as they return to a commitment to the core responsibilities of upholding the law and protecting the orderly exercise of free expression and free assembly.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Police Minister Lisa Neville,

Cancel and apologise for past invoices issued to those who have broken no laws and cooperated fully with Victoria Police. Publicly announce a policy to instead target only those individuals or groups protesting without permits, trespassing on and/or wilfully damaging private property, inciting violence, or harassing and intimidating law abiding citizens in the myriad ways that they do.

Return Victoria Police to performing its legislated purpose of serving the Victorian community and upholding the law so as to promote a safe, secure and orderly society. Immediately direct your Chief Commissioner of Police to stop imposing fees on the victims of lawless behaviour which, in effect, enables and rewards thugs for using threatened and actual violence.

Who's signing

Mark Dixon
Elizabeth McKenzie
Wendy Dillon
Dustyn McLaren
Roy K
Greg Henderson
Ken Jamieson
Paul Harman
John Rochford
Emily Rayson
Ken Francis
James Nolet
reg watson
Brian Tideman
Damian O'Donnell
Christopher Tyrrell
David Landini
marianne oconnell
Sameer Mansour
Kevin Reed
Lachlan Dunjey
Peter Newland
Sandra Caddy
Jenny Stokes
Viviane de Graaf
Paul Chandler
Brendan Godwin
Bernard Richards
griff
Elmarie Richards
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  • Mark Dixon
  • Elizabeth McKenzie
    We live in turbulent times which makes free speech even more important, why is it those who are on the right (most were on the left until the left moved the goal posts) are discriminated against, and the violent left are rewarded. If this was fair the troublemakers would be billed.
  • Wendy Dillon
  • Dustyn McLaren
  • Roy K
  • Greg Henderson
  • Ken Jamieson
  • Paul Harman
  • John Rochford
  • Emily Rayson
  • Ken Francis
  • James Nolet
  • reg watson
    Unfortunately the Victorian Police have become the PC police….endorsing those who break the law, penalising those who have not.
  • Brian Tideman
    The reputation of our police force is at stake here. Lowering of the reputation for fairness in policing will eventually lead to civil disorder of a serious magnitude.
  • Damian O'Donnell
  • Christopher Tyrrell
    Christopher Tyrrell
  • David Landini
  • marianne oconnell
    marianne oconnell
  • Sameer Mansour
  • Kevin Reed
    Those who disrupt free speech shoul pay disruption preventing cost. A matter of justice
  • Lachlan Dunjey
  • Peter Newland
    Peter Newland
  • Sandra Caddy
  • Jenny Stokes
    These protestors have been doing this for a long time!
  • Viviane de Graaf
    Viviane de Graaf
  • Paul Chandler
  • Brendan Godwin
  • Bernard Richards
  • griff
    Nothing will change .we are ruled by educated uni people who believe in dreams
  • Elmarie Richards