For more than three days the NSW Government has ignored a detailed covid-19 exemption application put to them by lawyers on behalf of the organisers of Sydney’s Invasion Day rally. The exemption was made in circumstances where there had been 5, now 8, straight days of zero community covid-19 transmissions in NSW.

Included in the application was a detailed covid-19 safety plan every bit as stringent as that provided for the recent crowd of 10,000 spectators at the cricket and more detailed than that used by shopping malls in NSW. It provides for compulsory mask wearing, over 85 marshals, pre-registration by QR code, hand sanitisers and social distancing. The event will also be held entirely outside in far safer conditions than many indoor shopping visits.

The Premier indicated five days ago that this week, if community transmission remained low, we would be returning to pre-Avalon covid-19 conditions. In Sydney this includes allowing up to 3,000 people to attend a public demonstration. There are an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people attending tomorrow’s rally according to the Facebook event.

It would be a political crime to refuse the exemption and send in police to violently break up the Invasion Day rally, only to see these same restrictions lifted within 24 hours. Today we are calling on the NSW Police and the NSW Premier to meet with organisers, review the covd-19 safety plan and work together to make this event as safe and positive as possible.

You can access a full copy of the organiser’s exemption application here: 210122 Invasion Day Rally Exemption Letter