There are calls for harsher penalties to combat the spread of misinformation online, including huge $11,000 fines for posting on social media, amid reports of a second anti-protest rally being planned.
As Covid-19 case numbers continue to surge in NSW, the State Opposition wants tougher, targeted public health orders to crack down on anti-lockdown rally organisers and viral social media spruikers. (yes it is a real word)
The State Opposition is calling for harsher penalties to crack down on anti-lockdown rally organisers. Source: AAP
These include $11,000 fines for people sharing information on social media about illegal rallies and inciting others to illegally attend.
Under the plan, protest organisers would be slapped with whopping $20,000 fines.
Unlawful attendees would face fines of $5,500, an increase from the current $1000 penalty.
Shadow Police Minister Walt Secord said these fines would smash those who operate on the fringes through their anti-vaxxer and far right-wing networks.
“We should throw the book at these idiots who spread misinformation and lies along with the Delta variant,” Mr Secord said.
It comes after Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warned of “online chatter” on a possible second protest this Saturday. Commissioner Fuller described them as “anarchists” who would not respond to court injunctions.
NSW Government increases fines and police presence as second lockdown looms
Fines for not wearing a mask will more than double as part of a bolstered law enforcement response to the Covid-19 crisis in NSW.
Thousands of extra officers will hit the streets across Greater Sydney to enforce tighter controls, as authorities grapple to contain the growing outbreak.
Police have also been handed greater powers to close down business, construction sites and other premises not complying with health orders.