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- Class Action Against Unfair Fines: When Enough is Enough
- Contributed by: Bewitched ( 29 articles in 2014 )
City of Melbourne has claimed yet another scalp and victim with it's outlandish parking fines or has it?
Barely a few minutes past the expiry time, the parking officers 'like bush blowflies to cow dung' lunged upon the motor vehicle with a $72 infringement and green sticker to remind the motorist to "avoid extra fees, please action within 28 days".
While for many it's easy to lose track of time or be held up in life's natural flow and biorhythm, for some, their cognitive functions don't assimilate well with time and order, like creative souls for instance who are more dominant in the right side of the brain.
So should legislation discriminate against these types of people? Of course not, but it does, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
What is happening with this unfair and ungodly cash grab by the state in Melbourne, Adelaide, around Australia and other parts of the world?
Paying a parking fine in coins (3:28)
More stress upon the people is accumulating by the hour affecting a person's health, marriage, family, workplace and in community settings with the fabric of society tearing everywhere.
Are these the sort of stress triggers that can send people psychologically over the edge, perhaps committing acts of harm to oneself or others?
Perhaps even more crime is perpetuated from this excessive and unnecessary stress, justifying to a few the need for more legislation and restrictions, sending the health of the community into a perpetual negative spiral. Countries like the US have extremely high statistics such as 77% of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.
While a 2013 report from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) only indicates 26% of Australians reported moderate to severe levels of distress, in Australia mental stress costs businesses more than $10 billion per year, so clearly something doesn't quite add up.
However, the real question is do people really need any more stress from silly bits of paper called Infringements?
Fines and more taxes which is really what infringements are in essence, simply cause harm and injury to people. Save, of course the fat cats like the Salteri family, managers and benefactors of the Infringement system, who make hoards of money for their companies and associates who get their palms greased to allow such an abhorrent system to exist.
As if we don't already have enough stress in the workplace, home life and on the roads with people beeping their horn for the slightest aberration, like not taking off at the green light by more than a second. Sheesh...
A few minutes over a parking meter time limit is not a crime! My goodness, has everyone gone stark raving mad? If anything, it's the claim and force by the State and third parties who profit from such draconian measures in a bid to raise revenue for a selected few and their mates. Plus, these harmful and unnecessary revenue tactics are certainly not benefiting the collective good of the people but rather harming them.
So what can be done — is there a proper remedy for such abhorrent restrictions on the rights and freedoms of people? Perhaps, like a set of continual class actions repealing and nullifying every bad piece of legislation out of existence, taking back Australia for the common good of the people, away from tyrants, foreign and simply pecuniary interests?
Well, I think many people who have been affected are doing their bit of resistance in their own unique way. The Federation of Community Legal Centres (Financial and Consumer Rights Council Inc.) have lodged a submission to the Sentencing Advisory Council on behalf of the disadvantaged and many small resource organisations who wear some of the burden from assisting those who have been unlawfully and unfairly caught up in this perpetual crime of a small power base of a selected few to steal from people, in broad daylight, under the worn out and non existent excuses of safety and it being lawful.
Court Fines and Infringement Fines Project Submission of the Infringements Working Group
Also, people in California have certainly had enough and are fighting back at corrupt legislation with a class action as evidenced in the video and links below.
So come on all Australians fight back, stand up and exercise your god given rights ensuring that the Commonwealth of Australia is exactly that — for the common wealth of Australians!
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