A Queensland man has been charged with drink driving after police caught him driving a motorised esky on the footpath. Sergeant Darryn Morris explained: “Due to the fact it is a petrol engine (the esky) falls under the ambit of a motor vehicle under the Traffic Act. Some people aren’t aware that if they’re riding a wheeled object, the footpath is also deemed a road under Queensland legislation.”
The Palmer United Party has been accused of breaching Tasmanian electoral laws by publishing the names and photos of political opponents without their consent. Clive Palmer said the law “was only directed at people who published, printed or distributed, and of course our party has not printed, published, or distributed anything—it’s all been done by the Hobart Mercury“. Palmer may have a point: while some rules extend to people who “permit or authorise another person to publish” material, section 196 is narrower. However, a letter sent directly to voters by Palmer also apparently breaches the law. He declared: “I intend to write another one tonight you know, because nobody is going to stop me as a Member of the House of Representative having a dialogue with the Australian people.” He suggested the High Court’s decisions on freedom of political communication would protect him: “There’s no legal problem. Any first-year lawyer can tell you that. You’ve only got to read the high court judgments on it and you’ve only got to read the Act.”
The High Court is hearing the case of Norrie, an androgynous person arguing their birth certificate should record their sex as “non specific”. In this interview, Norrie explains the background to the case.