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Australia: 33,000 corona fines overturned after court ruling

2022-11-29T11:40:17.518Z

The Australian state of New South Wales has withdrawn more than half of all corona fines imposed. According to the authorities, this means they are losing tens of millions of dollars.



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Australia: Corona tests in the car (2021)

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Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, has lifted around 33,000 corona fines.

The authorities had to withdraw more than half of their fines for violations of the corona restrictions on Tuesday.

According to their own statements, they are missing out on tens of millions of dollars in revenue.

A court had previously ruled that the offenses had not been defined clearly enough.

The fines were imposed as part of the fight against the corona pandemic for rule violations such as public gatherings.

They were up to 3000 Australian dollars (1929 euros) per violation.

Anyone who has already paid will get the money back

The tax authority Revenue NSW said those affected who had already paid the fines would have the money refunded.

Australia had largely closed its borders from March 2020 to February 2022 due to the corona pandemic.

Strict corona requirements also applied within the country at times.

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Source: spiegel

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