Story Bridge refugee protest banned over virus concerns

A refugee protest set to take place in the heart of Brisbane this weekend has been banned by the Supreme Court.

More than a thousand people planned to block the Story Bridge and Kangaroo Point tomorrow, however Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath took the planned rally to court and won an injunction to force the cancellation of the protest.

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to cancel the protest planned for this Saturday,” she said


“If the organisers are serious they should seek to proceed in a lawful way under the Peaceful Assembly Act and demonstrate it can be done in a COVID-safe way.

“We support the right to peaceful protest but only if it can be done in a COVID-safe way that doesn’t put public safety at risk.”

The Supreme Court injunction orders the organisers not attend, or encourage others to attend, the planned sit-in protest on the Story Bridge or on Main Street in Kangaroo Point.

It also orders protest organisers to inform their followers on social media platforms that the protest has been cancelled.

Justice Jean Dalton said the protest would pose “a particular health concern in regards to the ongoing pandemic”.

“It is not a traditional protest and would cause serious disruption to ambulances and firefighters at nearby stations,” she said.

“It would infringe the public right to live in a society that can be kept as safe as possible from this disease.”