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Sydney COVID protester lectured, bailed

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A man accused of assaulting police at an anti-lockdown rally has been lectured before being bailed.
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A construction worker accused of assaulting police at an anti-lockdown rally in Sydney has been verbally slapped down in court over his defiance of public health orders.

Thomislav Mijic was applying for bail in the Supreme Court on Thursday, but was first given a stern lecture by Justice Peter Garling.

“Let there be no mistake. I do not care whether you believe in COVID or not,” the judge said.

“I do not care whether you think public health orders are appropriate or not.

“I’m just not interested in your view.

“What I am interested in is that you understand that, regardless of your view, you are obliged … to comply with every single public health order, which exists, or which may come into existence.”

“Understood Your Honour,” Mr Mijic, appearing via video-link in prison greens, said.

Justice Garling granted him bail to live in Liverpool, imposing conditions to mitigate the Crown’s concerns he would incite or participate in another rally.

He must report to police three times a week, must not go within five kilometres of the Sydney CBD, and cannot leave the house except to go to work in a pizza business or as a construction worker.

Under new vaccination conditions introduced this week, as a resident of a hotspot area, Mr Mijic will be unable to work on construction sites unless he is vaccinated.

He will next face Central Local Court on September 2.

-AAP