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Magee v Wallace

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posted on 20.04.2018, 00:00 by Susan BirdSusan Bird
Magee v Wallace [2014] VSC 643 may appear, prima facie, as an insignificant case with little relevance for wild law. It is an appeal from a Magistrates Court decision, Wallace v Magee, about minor criminal damage under s 10 of the Summary Offences Act 1966 (Vic). Kyle Magee pleaded guilty to charges of causing damage to an advertising hoarding. Magee pasted over, with flour and water, an advertisement by a multinational corporation with bill posters containing his philosophy. While Magee’s act could be viewed as a simple case of criminal damage, it becomes more complicated when explored in context. Magee is an activist who is acutely aware of the impact many corporations on the environment. Magee’s painting and posting over corporate advertising is a form of direct action aimed at raising awareness, and spark a conversation about how we can save the planet. This can be achieved, Kyle believes, through a free and independent media, where ordinary citizens have a right to be heard. His court actions rely on the Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

History

Editor

Rogers N; Maloney M

Parent Title

Law as if Earth really mattered: The Wild Law Judgement Project

Start Page

324

End Page

338

Number of Pages

15

ISBN-10

1138669083

ISBN-13

9781138669086

Publisher

Routledge

Place of Publication

Abingdon, UK.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

22

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