Federation opposes new anti-protest Bill
The Federation has made a submission (PDF) opposing the Victorian Government’s proposed anti-protest laws, the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013. The Bill expands move-on powers for police and PSOs, and introduces new exclusion orders, the breach of which can result in imprisonment for two years.
The submission, to the Victorian Parliament’s Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC), calls for the Bill to be withdrawn pending a full community consultation process, given the significant impact of the proposed new laws, their limitations of human rights, and their impact on vulnerable people, including the homeless.
Ten submissions were received by the committee, including five from the community legal sector, and can be viewed on the SARC website.
The Federation will be participating in a rally opposing the Bill, and encourages members to join us. The rally will be held on Tuesday 18 February 2014, meeting at 10am at Trades Hall and marching to the Parliament of Victoria.
Concern over proposed changes to Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill 2013, Fitzroy Legal Service
Proposed move-on powers a risk for homeless Victorians, Justice Connect Homeless Law
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How Victoria is quietly riding roughshod over basic freedoms, Crikey, 3 February 2014 (trial registration or subscription required)
Victoria’s new anti-protest Bill is a threat to our freedom of assembly, The Guardian, 29 January 2014