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Australia Victoria Police won't hesitate to issue $5k fine for border breaches

08:17  28 june  2021
08:17  28 june  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Police at the border between NSW and Victoria. © Nine Police at the border between NSW and Victoria.


Victoria's police chief has warned the window of discretion for people attempting to unlawfully enter the state was "rapidly closing" and wrongdoers would face hefty fines worth nearly $5000.

Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said police were cracking down on border controls, manning backroads and using licence plate technology to ensure only permitted people were entering Victoria.

Victoria Police has deployed 260 officers in 75 police vehicles to assist with border enforcement.

"We have a number of automatic number plate recognition vehicles that have been deployed up there as well, as well as booze buses," Commissioner Patton said.

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Victoria ’s lockdown is already the most intense outside the measures imposed in Wuhan, China in the early days of the pandemic. Police have been given permission to enter homes without a warrant, and Melbourne residents are under a strict curfew. As civil rights group Liberty Victoria has pointed out, police have already been given unprecedented powers to detain citizens under existing coronavirus regulations, and there is no opportunity for Victorians to challenge the arbitrary judgment that they are a “high-risk person.”

A COVID fine issued to Shepparton man Tom Tran who was fined for eating his McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder meal by the Goulburn River.Source:Supplied. Ms Overall said another problematic aspect of the COVID fines was there hadn’t been any adjustment or accommodation for children and the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton says 60 fines have already been handed out and you won ' t believe the reasons for some. Courtesy 7 News. Stan Winford, associate director for the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University, said fines subject to appeals or reviews, or applying

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a car parked in a parking lot: Long queues at the border between NSW and Victoria. © Nine Long queues at the border between NSW and Victoria.

"Our message is very clear - over the last few days, we've seen a degree of discretion provided in terms of warning, turning people around.

"That discretion, that window period, is very rapidly closing.

"From here on in, you're going to see a much stricter enforcement."

The force has been divided into six zones spanning from the east to the west of the state and was being controlled by local police commanders, Commissioner Patton said.

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Victoria police issued only two fines for breaches to the stay at home directives in the 24 hours to 11pm on Tuesday. A spokesperson acknowledged the low figure may be 'due to the clear instructions provided to members on Monday to use increased discretion when issuing fines .' However eight fines were issued to protesters at a business on Bell Street in Preston on Tuesday afternoon which are yet to be officially processed.

( Victoria Police ). There were 37 fines issued to rulebreakers for failing to wear a mask, 25 at vehicle checkpoints and 74 for curfew breaches . A total of 11,091 vehicles were checked at vehicle checkpoints. Mr Andrews said the number of Victorians generally following the rules was "going up". "One bad choice, by one person in the right circumstances - or the perfectly wrong circumstances, if you like - where they're infectious, can lead to hundreds of cases, can lead to chains of transmission that we will be chasing for weeks," he said.

The six zones established for patrols were around Swan Hill, Echuca, Yarrawonga, Wodonga and Cann River, near the NSW border.

From 11pm on June 25, there have been more than 2000 checks and 53 warnings issued, which forced people to turn around after coming from a red zone.

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Travellers who tried to breach border restrictions would be slapped with a $4957 fine.

"That's a significant fine," Commissioner Patton said.

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"It's important to show that visible deterrence. We've done the right thing. We've given ample warnings, we've given ample education. Now is the time for enforcement."

Health Minister Martin Foley today backed the state's tough border restrictions as no new local cases of COVID-19 were recorded.

More than 17,600 tests were conducted yesterday and two infections were detected in hotel quarantine.

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Mr Foley said additional border measures implemented over the past 24 hours were necessary to prevent the spread of the contagious Deltra variant of COVID-19.

"It is cautious because it has to be. This is the first time that Victoria has had orange and red zones in most Australian states and territories," he said.

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"Nothing describes the seriousness that the nation is facing more than those extents of border restrictions and permit applications that Victoria has in place.

Since the first red zone came into effect on June 23, the Department of Health has processed more than 5000 travel permits, including 1152 yesterday.

Health authorities were following up with the returned travellers and 38 per cent of yesterday's arrivals had tested negative so far, Mr Foley said.

"We sympathise extremely much with Victorians who want to stay connected to family interstate, but we cannot take this invisible threat lightly, and we cannot take chances with the Delta variant."

Mr Foley confirmed the state had requested the assistance of the 130 ADF personnel to enforce restrictions at the border to support police.

The Police Airwing would also help boost the force's strong presence.

"I'm very pleased that Victoria Police are front and centre in this effort and supporting the public health response," Mr Foley said.

"We've also made a request to the Australian Defence Force for personnel to work alongside our police at both the borders, and with our authorised officers in the household verification of people observing their quarantine arrangements."

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Victoria further tightened its border measures overnight as states suffer COVID-19 outbreaks, shutting out Darwin and declaring Greater Brisbane and Perth orange zones.

Large parts of NSW remain red zones, banning all travel aside from returning residents who are subject to quarantine requirements.

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The player hub system could make a comeback and the game could be played six days a week.

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In a stark contrast to last year, Melbourne is shaping up to be the potential hub city as other states are hit with growing coronavirus cases.

More matches are likely to be relocated next week, including the Adelaide vs Brisbane match in Adelaide and potentially the Carlton vs Fremantle match in Perth.

The Western Bulldogs have returned to Melbourne after playing against the Eagles in Perth in front of no crowd which was a last-minute decision.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has said hubs are a last resort, but with growing border closures around the country, the league could be left with no other choice.

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Sydney and GWS are stuck in Melbourne for at least the next two weeks, as they are unable to return to NSW.

While North Melbourne must remain in self-isolation until they return negative COVID-19 results after passing through Melbourne Airport at the weekend, which later became an exposure site.



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A total of 152 Virgin flight crew have been identified as primary close contacts after a positive case was found in a flight attendant on a Brisbane to Melbourne flight.

Victoria's COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar said so far all close contacts had tested negative.

"Some negative test results are already starting to come through and we're confident we'll continue to support that over the coming days," he said.

Virgin Flight VA334 from Brisbane to Melbourne on June 25 has been declared a Tier 1 exposure site.


a group of people walking on a city street: Victoria recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19 on June 28. © Getty Victoria recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19 on June 28.

Anyone who was on the flight between 2.55pm and 5.20pm must get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days regardless of the result.

Seven miners linked to the outbreak at the Northern Territory's Granite's mine are also isolating in Victoria.

Mr Weimar said the close contacts of the two men who worked at the Sandringham dry cleaners have all tested negative.

However, one person had refused to take a COVID-19 test but was being supported to isolate.

"We're not concerned about this individual, they represent a fairly low-risk profile," Mr Weimar said.

GOP rep warns ‘no operational control’ of border after seeing migrants stream in, board flights .
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