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Indigenous Australians losing driving licences and face crushing debts over NSW Covid fines, lawyers say

Aboriginal Legal Service NSW urges fines for public health rule breaches be withdrawn or converted to cautions

Indigenous Australians are having their driving licences cancelled and facing crushing debts due to the New South Wales government’s “punitive”, flawed and often erroneous enforcement of outstanding Covid fines, lawyers have warned.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW has renewed its plea for fines issued for Covid rule breaches to be withdrawn or converted to formal cautions, warning they are having a disproportionate effect on disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

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