I’ve taken the Australian state of Victoria to the Supreme Court — the highest court in the state.
In a 9-page Statement of Claim, my civil liberties lawyers outline the illegal misconduct of the police. You can view the whole file below.
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January 27, 2021
Police arrested me again yesterday for reporting at the "invasion day rally" in Melbourne.
That's three protests, three arrests, three excuses and zero charges.
Our lawyers are working on the best plan regarding this latest arrest. It'll either be added to the current lawsuit or filed as a separate case.
However, we can see suing the state is not enough. Victoria Police believe they're above the law, so we plan to file something even bigger (and more expensive!) possibly asking the court for a declaration that will stop the government once and for all from targeting journalists they prefer to silence.
September 17, 2020
The entire world has been witnessing what is happening in Victoria, Australia, from unlawful arrests to police brutality.
Just over a week ago, I was reporting the news from a peaceful protest in Melbourne, Australia, the most locked-down city in the world.
I had all of my permits and papers in order and I had even been inspected and approved by a roadside police checkpoint. (That’s how crazy the Australian state of Victoria is these days — lockdowns, curfews and police checkpoints.)
I was reporting on an anti-lockdown protest by Australian citizens fed up with China-style infringements on their civil liberties. I wasn’t there to protest — I was there to report, with my camera crew. We were standing with other journalists and I was clearly holding my Rebel News microphone.
Suddenly, a police commander walked up to me, jabbed me in the chest, and ordered his troops to arrest me. You’ve probably seen the video — I was picked up, smashed to the ground and arrested, and led away in handcuffs.
For no reason whatsoever.
I was later grudgingly released by police without charges. But incredibly, late that same night, police came to my family home to threaten me — to tell me I had been put on a “list”, and that police were watching me.
This really is like China, isn’t it?
Since last week, almost sixty thousand people signed my petition demanding an end to the Victoria Police state that detains journalists for doing their job. (Thank you!)
Today I’m fighting back. Not just for my own rights and safety, but for that of all Australians.
I’ve spent $11,000 on lawyers so far, and that’s just the beginning. By suing the state of Victoria, I’ve kicked a hornet’s nest. Premier Dan Andrews has been governing like a little tyrant, and if anything he’ll probably try to smash me even harder now. As you can see in the lawsuit, it’s not the first time his police have come for me.
That’s why this lawsuit is so important. If other Australians follow my lead, and maybe even other people around the world, and stand up for our freedoms, these brutal lock-downs will have to stop.
But I need your help.
The government has unlimited resources and top lawyers at their disposal. It really is a David vs. Goliath battle.
But I’m up for it. If you give me the tools, I’ll finish the job — and fight for freedom for all of us.
Can you please chip in? Whether it’s $5 or $500, I sure need the help.
You can donate securely online here and 100% of the funds will go to our legal battle.
It’s time someone fought back in the court of law!
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Smith & Tapper Lawyers
40/140 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000