Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Court ruling shuts down bridge protest

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath today won a Supreme Court action to cancel a mass protest planned at Brisbane’s Story Bridge.

The Attorney-General was granted injunctive relief in the Queensland Supreme Court under the Attorney-General Act 1999.

“The Supreme Court has banned the organisers from attending the planned protest and prohibited them from encouraging others to attend,” she said

“The organisers have also been ordered to publish a notice on Facebook and other platforms telling their followers that the protest has been cancelled. 

The Supreme Court was also critical of Greens Councillor Jonathan Sri (pictured) for not attending the court hearing or respond, as he was on his house boat.

“The Palaszczuk Government, along with the vast majority of Queenslanders, didn’t want to see this irresponsible protest go ahead.

“We support the right to peaceful protest but in the current environment organisers should find other ways to get their voice heard.”

She said in all circumstances, the health and safety of Queenslanders had to be paramount.

“It would be reckless to allow a protest like this which risks undoing all Queenslanders’ good work in suppressing COVID-19,” said Ms D’Ath.

“This Supreme Court decision needs to be heeded by all and anyone intending to flout the law will face serious consequences.”

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