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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
28 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 STREETVIEW Freedom of speech eroded Deborah Xuereb Barbera Matchett Peter Williamson Mike Broso Gary O'Riley New laws will be brought in for World Youth Day to ensure that pilgrims won't be offended or annoyed during their stay. If people do something to annoy pilgrims they could be fined up to $5500. This includes protesting, skateboarding or wearing an offensive T-shirt. Groups planning to campaign must have their messages pre-approved or risk losing their protest rights. The Inner West Weekly went to Summer Hill to see what people thought of the new regulations. Deborah Xuereb, of Concord: I trust the police to use their powers responsibly and not use their powers in a dictatorial fashion. Barbera Matchett, of Summer Hill: I feel very concerned because there's been no debate or information about it. Peter Williamson, of Summer Hill:I think they're ludicrous, absolutely absurd. Most people tend to focus on freedom of speech and if I really had something to say I'd just do it anyway. Mike Broso, of Ashfield: Police state complete. Gary O'Riley, of Summer Hill: As long as I don't get involved it's OK, but I believe it's taking away our rights to freedom of speech. OPINION
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