The Brisbane City Council have issued close to $10,000 worth of fines to ordinary citizens expressing their legal right to speak their belief over the past 6 months.
The not-for-profit organisation, Operation 513, has been holding outreaches in the Queen Street Mall for twelve years sharing the good news of the gospel. But over the past six months, it appears the Brisbane City Council has made it their mission to stop any religious group from entering the Mall. Even a Brethren group that has been preaching in the Mall on Saturday nights for over 100 years have now been forced out.
The main problem with the fines is that the groups have been lawfully meeting under the state's Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 and have the necessary paperwork in and hence have proper authorisation under the Act.
Rightly so, each of the people who have been fined are electing to contest the fines in the Magistrates Court.
A trial date has now been set to contest the fines: 30th August 2016.
We need your help
This is where you come in - we need your help to fund a barrister, so that the best legal defence can be made against these fines.
Please give what you can towards this. Thank you!
You can also donate via direct deposit. Bank details:
Acct number: 507777540
Acct name: Operation 513 Inc.
Reference: Brisbane Legal
UPDATE from 30 August 2016
The Magistrate has reserved her decision until the 20th September 2016. Please continue to pray for this. Thank you.