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After arguing the toss with the State Debt Recovery Office for weeks over the inappropriate imposition of a parking fine on our Palestine advertising car and trailer and referring the matter to the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, the Ombudsman and the Minister for Finance, I have just received a phone call from Byron Shire’s legal officer telling me that council was working on eliminating the trailer fine (they have already cancelled the one for the car).

No explanations have been forthcoming as to why the fines were administered in the first place so I’m going to apply for Freedom of Information on this issue as I am curious why our vehicles, parked off road, have been targeted for fines when other trailers are parked with impunity on public roads.

I suspect that local apologists for the state of Israel have complained to council for, in addition to adverse comments received when we have held our Palestinian stall, S Kleiman wrote ‘this disgusting van drives freely through Byron… How can the council justify letting Smith drive his van in the Shire? It is just as disgusting as the slogans that were on the Wicked Vans’. (Byron Shire Echo, 15/2/2017).

Gareth Smith, Palestine Liberation Centre, Byron Bay

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  1. Parking a trailer on a road is not normally a problem of itself. Can you explain exactly where you parked and who gave you the ticket ? As a frequent visitor to the Shire I would be interested to know why you were fined and why the Council has chosen to intervene on your behalf.


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