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The Full Court of the Federal Court has struck down the World Youth Day Regulation 2008 (NSW) which proscribed the annoying of WYD participants. Note that only the part of the clause referring to “annoyance” has been struck down.

The relevant clause was this:

Clause 7
(1) An authorised person may direct a person within a World Youth Day declared area to cease engaging in conduct that: …
(b) causes annoyance or inconvenience to participants in a World Youth Day event …

(2) A person must not, without reasonable excuse, fail to comply with a direction given to the person under subclause (1).

The Full Court (Justices French, Branson and Stone) delivered a unanimous judgment striking down cl 7(1)(b) in part.

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