I was absolutely stunned to wake up this morning and read that Victorian Police had issued a $68,000 bill to Canadian activist Lauren Southern.

Why did they issue this bill? Did she do something wrong? Did she break the law? No.

They issued this bill because – wait for it – some violent, far-left thugs, threatened to protest her.I am not joking.

This is what really happened. Rather than going after people who actually cause violence, the Victorian police are trying to shut down a legal, law-abiding speaker and prevent her from giving a lecture. Because of threats made by some Marxist thugs.This is just not on.

If you believe – like I do – in freedom of speech, then join us in our campaign and contact the Victorian Government to demand action at

http://www.taxpayers.org.au/fight-vic-polices-extortion-of-lauren-southern This goes to the very heart of freedom of speech in Australia. If the police can force someone to pay $68,000 or else be silent, then freedom of speech in Australia is dead. If anything, shouldn’t the people responsible for violence be given the bill? Apparently not in Victoria today. 

It doesn’t matter if you agree with Lauren or not – this isn’t about her, this is about the fundamental right to freedom of speech.

Our democracy is based on freedom of speech. What the Victorian Police are doing goes completely against this.

This is the behaviour we’d expect to see from a tin-pot dictator in some authoritarian regime, not in a country like Australia.

Here’s a short video I made on this just now (I don’t normally make videos, but I was /particularly/ incensed by this!)


PLEASE – if you believe in freedom of speech, if you believe in the rule of law, if you believe in doing what is right, click the link below to URGENTLY contact the Victorian Police Minister and Shadow Police Minster and DEMAND that this evil edict be rescinded.

Our online portal at http://www.taxpayers.org.au/fight-vic-polices-extortion-of-lauren-southern will make it quick and easy for you to make your voice heard. Together, we WILL be able to overcome this grave threat to free speech, but only if we all take part – and share it with all our family, our friends, and on social media.

Thank you again for your consistent support of the fundamental principles of liberty that our democracy relies on,

Tim Andrews
Executive Director
Australian Taxpayerss’ Alliance

PS: Please take just 30 seconds to visit http://www.taxpayers.org.au/fight-vic-polices-extortion-of-lauren-southern