“Simply amplifies disadvantage”: First Nations and disadvantaged children targeted by NSW police during COVID lockdowns, report reveals

A new report has claimed disadvantaged and First Nations children in New South Wales were targeted by police during the COVID-19 pandemic, with fines up to $5000 being issued, pushing families into financial hardship.

PIAC’s chief executive, Jonathon Hunyor argued NSW needed an “urgent rethink” of the fines system, noting creating debts for children and their families only “amplifies disadvantage,” as well as furthering distrust in the system.

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