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.

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Robert Bigelow
John Blackburn
Ben Keil
Julie Ford Ford
Terrence Wilson-Winship
Muzz Morris
Suzanne Reed
barry harrold
Bill Humble
Mark Whiteley
kevin raymond
Joy Smith
jim sternhell
Jim Lynch
Cherelle Smith
Joseph Williams
Aldis Purins
Wesley Emery
sharon Verschaeren
John McGovern
Graeme Watters
Ernst Kriesner
David Collyer
Ron Merrick
Phil Jones
David Cox
Vicki McConnell
Niels Jensen
Yvonne Nash
Phil Ward
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  • Robert Bigelow
  • John Blackburn
  • Ben Keil
    I’m from Melbourne, but I currently live in Japan. How could anyone disagree with this petition?
  • Julie Ford Ford
  • Terrence Wilson-Winship
    I’m eighty years old and absolutely disgusted with the loss of my freedoms

    Why should good honest citizens have to pay for their privilege to defend their country.
  • Muzz Morris
  • Suzanne Reed
    SUZANNE REED
  • barry harrold
  • Bill Humble
  • Mark Whiteley
    Free speech is paramount.the tragedy in Australia unlike the US is free speech isn’t an enshrined constitutional right,however freedom of association and assembly is a constitutional right and PIGS/COPS,but PIGS,I know to much from the inside must protect these rights despite what leftist wing nuts like dopey Danny Andrews or Malcom Turdball advocate.
  • kevin raymond
    kevin raymond
  • Joy Smith
  • jim sternhell
    Punishing the innocent is a crime against humanity. Please explain- why don’t the police arrest those that are using violence and intimidation to deplatform free speech (see Section 28 of the Crimes Act)
  • Jim Lynch
  • Cherelle Smith
  • Joseph Williams
    It is the job of Victoria Police to protect citizens engaged in legitimate activities. It is the job of Victoria Police to engage persons breaking the law and take whatever action necessary.
  • Aldis Purins
  • Wesley Emery
  • sharon Verschaeren
  • John McGovern
  • Graeme Watters
    No freedom of speech = no democracy!
  • Ernst Kriesner
  • David Collyer
  • Ron Merrick
  • Phil Jones
  • David Cox
  • Vicki McConnell
  • Niels Jensen
  • Yvonne Nash
  • Phil Ward