Festival of Rights to empower

ANTICIPATION is building ahead of a unique festival in Tamworth this month aimed at empowering people to know their rights.

The inaugural Festival of Rights will be held at the Tamworth Town Hall on August 16 and organiser Brett Baker, an outspoken advocate of common law rights, has urged the whole community to attend.

A range of guest speakers has been lined up for the event, while attendees will also be encouraged to take the floor.

“If you appreciate having rights, then it’s important you attend this event,” Mr Baker said.

“We don’t want to preach to the converted; we want ordinary people to come along and share their stories.”

Mr Baker’s controversial group believes Australians have had their rights slowly eroded over the years and is calling for a return to the rule of law, as dictated by the Magna Carta.

The Tamworth grandfather has fallen foul of the law in recent years, after refusing to take a speeding ticket and later challenging the authority of a Tamworth magistrate.

“The issue that affects people most that is illegal under common law is random breathalysing,” Mr Baker said.

“Police cannot act unless there is a crime committed, so how can police pull you up if they don’t know you’re drink-driving?

“You’re entitled to drive on a public thoroughfare without being stopped.

“It might be of benefit to catch the odd drink-driver, but that doesn’t change the fact it’s a total invasion of rights.”

A guest speaker at the Festival of Rights will also address issues around CSG and coal mining, land rights and property rights.

There is no cost to enter and the event runs from noon to 4pm.

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