Today I have huge news to share with you that you need to pass along: Because I’m not the only Australian who needs help to push back against crazy fines and arrests. In the State of Victoria alone, more than 20,000 people have ALREADY been issued extreme fines.
The fines are outrageous — but fighting back in court costs even more. How can ordinary Australians, already reeling financially from the pandemic lockdown, afford to hire a lawyer?
Well, we’ve got an idea: crowdfunding. It’s how I’m paying for my suit against the Victoria Police. So let’s build on that — and defend as many Australians as we can.
Here’s how it works:
1. If you, or someone you know, has received an unreasonable fine, go to FightTheFines.com.au and tell us your story by filling out the form on the website.
2. We’ll have a competent Australian lawyer review every complaint. For promising cases, the lawyer will contact you to learn more about your situation.
3. But instead of sending you the legal bill, we’ll pay for it on the very same website, through crowdfunding. Fighting a fine can cost thousands, even tens of thousands, of dollars. That’s more than most people can afford. But if enough of us get together and chip in a few dollars, we can do it together.
4. And I’ll personally interview you, and the lawyers, to tell the story to the world. It will be a teachable moment to remind Australians (including the police) that civil liberties are an essential part of our democracy, and we need to bring things back in balance.
It’s our plan to defend as many Australians as possible, to help turn the tide against the abusive fines and lockdowns that have affected so many of our people.
So please go to FightTheFines.com.au. If you’ve received an outrageous ticket, fill out the form and tell us about it. If you haven’t received a fine, but want to help us defend those who have, click on the crowdfunding button on that page. And check back soon, because we’ll be posting videos about all of our cases on that page.
In fact, we’ve already got our first FightTheFines.com.au case — I’ll have his story later this week.
Individually, this battle for civil liberties feels hopeless. But together we can do it. I promise.