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Former midwife fined over climate action protest stunt

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QLD police say they arrested four protestors for their actions in a protest stunt on the city’s Victoria Bridge Monday morning.

They say a 22-year-old woman attached herself to a large tripod around 7.45am and for some time, refused to get down.

The bridge was reportedly closed for about an hour in peak hour.

A press release from the South East Queensland arm of international climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) later revealed the woman as Brisbane midwife Sophie Thompson but ABC reporters later found out Ms Thompson had resigned from work to focus on activism full time.

Ms Thompson said Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and millions of other students who have protested regularly around the world inspired her statement.

The midwife said the climate emergency is already killing children and XR SEQ shared a video of her explaining her concerns on its Facebook page.

Once police began dismantling the tripod, Ms Thompson let herself down and was promptly arrested.

She had three charges against her related to blocking traffic, being a public nuisance and obstructing a police officer but an XR spokesman said police later dropped the public nuisance charge.

Ms Thompson appeared in court hours later where she pled guilty to the remaining two charges but refused the option of a so-called good behaviour bond.

Instead, Ms Thompson has received around $700 in fines.

Police also charged a 28-year-old Brisbane man, a 20-year-old NSW man and a 22-year-old NSW woman over their parts in the protest.

The Brisbane-based activist was due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on 16 October while the New South Welsh activists were due in the same court on 21 October.

This article has been updated. The original version described Ms Thompson as a midwife but she is a former midwife now focused full-time on climate change activism.


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13 COMMENTS

  1. Another brave person willing to put their money where their mouth is … literally !

    If only our visionless politicians had this much integrity and intestinal fortitude !

  2. Does global warming protesting pay more than midwifery?
    How is she eating if she quit her job?
    She must have rich parents like Greta.
    I don’t know, I just do not understand why someone would do something as stupid as that.

    • It might have something to do with the survival of our species. We’re not living sustainably on this planet and unsustainable is terminal.

    • Geoffrey, Perhaps you could do some research then and engage with WHY she was motivated to go to this trouble. What is the point of bringing children into a world where our future is so uncertain? No rain, fires, food security may not last much longer. You haven’t actually engaged with the topic- what to do about the state of the land, water and air…you have just tried to cast doubt on her character by suggesting she might have money. Firstly you don’t know how she is funding herself and secondly, since when does having enough money to live on make a person wrong? Please play the ball and not the player please.

    • Are you kidding Geoffrey Ennis!??
      She is an educated and brave woman trying to highlight the dire situation Australia is facing from lack of a positive ‘Climate Stance’ from our govt/s!
      She is a hero.

    • 97% of climate scientists agree they would be out of a job if the Club of Rome had not dreamed up this contrived climate crisis, when your ideas don’t stack up …use children , scaring children in this way is child abuse ..absolutely shameful!

  3. I know a great deal about The Club of Rome…along
    with misprints & some outrageous statements. Now
    we’ve a couple of future freaky predictions but rest
    assured that the protesters don’t have a clue
    regarding ‘the Club’. People simply need to be, so
    believe that. There’s nothing sinister about the
    right to live freely while protecting the earth
    because it’s become a necessity. The parliaments
    are ‘the New Club of Rome’ & the sticks they wield
    are ‘deadly’.

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