Police to drop most COVID-19 fines and hand out cautions

Liberty Victoria President Julia Kretzenbacher called on the government to review the fines that had already been paid, in the interest of fairness.

"We need the response to COVID-19 to be health-based, not a policing response, so it is encouraging Victoria Police has been told to exercise discretion in most circumstances, so that people are not saddled with huge fines," Ms Kretzenbacher said.

She said disadvantaged communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 fines.

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The Age
Cameron Houston and Carolyn Webb