Policing the Pandemic Forum

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Join us for a special lunch time zoom forum and hear from an expert panel to discuss police powers in COVID-19 times.

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Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have included severe and unprecedented restrictions on our movement and use of public space. For the first time, many people who have never before been the subject of police scrutiny, find themselves confronted with the reality that faces groups who are historically overpoliced.

What powers do police actually have and how are they being used? Should we be concerned? And how are these measures impacting on different communities and groups, including rough sleepers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Join PIAC CEO Jonathon Hunyor in conversation with journalist Osman Faruqi (Schwartz Media’s 7am), Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) CEO Karly Warner, barrister Felicity Graham (Black Chambers) and PIAC’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Service Managing Solicitor Roslyn Cook, at this special lunch time zoom forum to discuss the implications of police powers for our communities at this exceptional time.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A.

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This forum starts at 1:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday 12 May 2020 and registrations will close an hour before.

If you have any requirements that will assist you to participate in this event, please contact PIAC’s Relationships and Events Coordinator by telephone (02) 8898 6523 or email asloan@piac.asn.au.

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Organiser Public Interest Advocacy Centre

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The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is an independent community legal centre that specialises in test cases and policy advocacy on social justice and human rights issues. We achieve outcomes for individuals who are vulnerable or facing disadvantage, while creating sustainable, systemic change.

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