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Protest Against DOCS - Chaos as man climbs Sydney Harbour Bridge

Article Source: SMH

Director said
The Federal Government's intended changes to Family Law will make it impossible to obtain cost orders and justice against corrupt DOCS and other welfare officers.
Item 39  At the end of subsection 91B(2)
Note:   If an officer intervenes in proceedings and acts in good faith in relation to the proceedings, an order for costs, or for security for costs, cannot be made under subsection 117(2) against the officer: see subsection 117(4A).
Chaos as man climbs Sydney Harbour Bridge

May 13, 2011

A man has climbed on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to make a protest and warned he could endanger commuters, throwing the city into traffic chaos as police closed the vital arterial to all traffic and public transport.

The man, who called a number of media outlets on Friday morning to voice his protest, has ropes to make his climb and unfurl two pink and white banners reading, "plz help my kids" and "kids first".

The man, who said he was "ex-military", spoke to Triple M radio on Friday morning.

"There are systematic fails in both federal and state governments …. the police and also the school systems that are letting our children down. And the children don't have a voice," the man told Triple M radio.

He said: "There is a major failure in the fact that there's no-one looking after our kids when parents separate and divorce."

"I've been pushed and pushed and pushed.

"I'm not just doing this for me, I'm doing this for my kids."

The man said he had equipment which could endanger commuters and left a note with his truck to close the bridge.

He is waiting to speak with police in order to see some "policy changes".

NSW Transport has advised commuters to delay their departure from home or expect major delays.

Sydney Ferries continue to operate, and commuters can use their train and bus tickets to travel for free on ferries.

Motorists should use the Harbour Tunnel and Victoria Road as alternative routes, although they are expected to be very heavily congested.

The police operation began at about 5am (AEST) on Friday.

Television footage later showed the man apparently preparing to climb down.

Earlier he referred to himself as Michael when he spoke to the Nine Network.

He said he was staging a "peaceful protest" against the Department of Community Services (DOCS).
Michael said
If I have to stuff four million people around for one morning and that gets my kids and other kids help one day sooner, (then) I have achieved my goal," he told the Nine Network.

If that draws attention to the fact DOCS is a failed department that's letting our children down, then I have achieved my goal.
He said he had climbing gear and would repel himself to the bottom of the bridge at the end of his protest.
Michael said
This is a peaceful protest. It's to give a voice to little people,

Most fathers or mothers that are victims of this sort of stuff have not got anyone to turn to.

At the end of the day I have got the ability to stage a peaceful demonstration and make people stand up and pay attention
The interview ended when the man said he had to go because authorities were trying to contact him.

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