|It's ok to harass shoppers and elicit funds for animal
cruelty prevention, or grab passers by and invite them into
a massage parlour, or to aggressively extol the virtues of eastern
meditation, BUT DON'T, in Australia, in a public place, mention
Jesus Christ, as this is
offensive. The hypocrisy of Aussie liberals, lefties,
greens, and media is a mirror image of that now evident in
many other western countries. So much for the Aussie "fair go"
ethos. As I've said before, "God bless Australia? I don't
The High Court has overturned the right of two brothers to preach without a permit in Rundle Mall in Adelaide.
Samuel and Caleb Corneloup from the Street Church had fought an Adelaide by-law which prohibited preaching, canvassing or haranguing on any road without a permit.
The brothers won a case in the South Australian Supreme Court, which found the law was at odds with the implied constitutional freedom of political communication.
The South Australian Government was joined by the Commonwealth and several states in challenging the ruling in the High Court.
They argued the Full Court erred in holding that the words preach, canvas and harangue in the by-law were inconsistent with the implied constitutional freedom of political communication.
They also said the court erred in assessing the validity of the by-law, by taking into account the possibility council officers administering the permit system may not sufficiently consider the implied freedom when considering whether to grant a permit.
The High Court ruled the by-law was constitutional and the council did have the power to make by-laws for the governance of its area and the convenience, comfort and safety of its inhabitants.
It also found that while the by-law effectively burdened political communication, it did not infringe the implied constitutional freedom.
Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood tweeted he was pleased with the court result.
The council said it would keep working with the preachers to ensure the safety, enjoyment and comfort of shoppers and traders.