The Courier-Mail

Pro­test­ers should pay their way

- Society

THE ap­palling and eye-wa­ter­ing amount of money spent on po­lice and courts to keep protest ral­lies off the streets al­ludes to our con­trol sys­tem be­ing out­dated.

Valu­able po­lice and court re­sources could be fur­ther put to more ur­gent and nec­es­sary use.

The fact that a court or­der has to be se­cured to stop the use­less, unwanted and un­nec­es­sary pro­posed block­ades of pub­lic thor­ough­fares is due for a mas­sive over­haul.

Leg­is­la­tion has to be in­tro­duced to au­to­mat­i­cally make these ar­range­ments a crim­i­nal of­fence, by mak­ing it law that in the event of a pan­demic in­ter­rupt­ing the daily com­mute of the pub­lic or in­con­ve­nienc­ing any cit­i­zens in their daily rou­tine are not per­mit­ted.

Streets, high­ways, bridges, rail­way lines and foot­paths should not be used for protests of any type, but the use of pub­lic parks and free ar­eas could be al­lowed in any other event other than those pre­scribed.

Also a re­fund­able fee to cover the cost of po­lice at­ten­dance should be paid up­front a week be­fore the protest.

That should be the con­tri­bu­tion for us­ing pub­lic re­sources for mi­nor­ity or other griev­ances to be held which cost the pub­lic purse dearly.

We have to pay to use the roads, wa­ter and any other pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture, so why do these peo­ple es­cape pay­ment?

Jim Stan­field, Boonah

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