Statement on Justice Legislative Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020

The Liberal Nationals welcome the passage of the Justice Legislative Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020 through the Legislative Assembly today. The Bill is significantly improved with the incorporation of the Liberal Nationals amendment to ensure that the families of deceased sexual assault victims can continue to speak about their deceased loved ones. […]

Labor must not cause more pain for sexual assault victims and their families

Last night the Legislative Council passed an amendment moved by the Liberal Nationals that preserved the legal status quo for the families of deceased sexual assault victims. The Liberal Nationals’ amendment ensures these families can continue to speak about their deceased loved one and puts a stop to Daniel Andrews’ plan to silence them unless […]

Finally, victims heard

The Liberal Nationals have won a battle to force amendments to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020, which go some way to addressing the fundamental flaws that would have seen the families of deceased sexual assault victims silenced in speaking up. In an admission that she has got this very […]

Labor must not proceed with flawed Bill that will silence sex assault victims

Labor has ignored the concerns of the Liberal Nationals and Crossbench MPs about its flawed Bill, but to ignore the pleas from sexual assault victims and their families is just heartless. The flawedJustice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020, that is due to be debated in the Upper House today, will stop […]

Labor must fix Bill that will gag families of victims of crime

At present, families can discuss their deceased loved ones who were victims of sexual assault in public but Labor’s Bill will gag these families. In the County Court last Friday, Judge McInerney determined that the existing law relating to the naming of victims of sexual assault does not apply to deceased persons. However, Labor’s Bill, […]

Now is the time for truth on hotel quarantine

News that the Hotel Quarantine Inquiry final report has now been delayed by six weeks to 21 December, just a few days before Christmas, apparently due to the failure of the Andrews Government to produce further documents, should be very concerning to all Victorians. DHHS documents which were not provided to the inquiry but later […]

Daniel Andrews must not ignore pleas from victims’ families

The Liberal Nationals will today seek to defer debate on Labor’s Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020 until the concerns of families of victims of crime are addressed. Under Labor’s proposed Bill, family members of deceased sexual assault victims could be banned from speaking publicly about their loved ones. The Liberal […]

Liberal Nationals will move amendment to support victims of crime and their families

The Liberal Nationals will move an amendment to the Justice Legislation Amendment (Supporting Victims and Other Matters) Bill 2020, due to be debated in the Legislative Assembly tomorrow. Under Labor’s proposed Bill, families of deceased sexual assault victims could be banned from speaking publicly about their loved one. The Liberal Nationals’ amendment will seek to […]

Labor must address victim gag mess

Revelations that families of deceased sexual assault victims may be gagged in future from continuing to publicly self-identify themselves and their loved oneswithout a court order are deeply concerning and must be urgently addressed by Premier, Daniel Andrews and Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy. The fact that the Government’s new laws may gag family members from publicly writing or speaking […]

Labor refuses to call for an appeal to manifestly inadequate sentence

In the last sitting week of Parliament, Labor’s Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy sought to silence the families of deceased sexual assault victims. Labor only changing tack following a humiliating defeat in the Upper House. Today in Question time, Labor’s Attorney-General refused to comment on the manifestly inadequate sentence handed to Jackson Williams, following the deeply disturbing […]

Andrews should focus on easing restrictions, not witch hunts

Reports today that the Andrews Labor Government has referred to Victoria Police for investigation the alleged leak of Daniel Andrews’ so-called ‘road to recovery’ are deeply concerning. The decision to prioritise scarce resources into investigating how a document Daniel Andrews described as “out of date” and “of no status”, came into the public domain just […]

Extra time necessary for Hotel Quarantine Inquiry to find the truth

The Hotel Quarantine Inquiry has been frustrated since its establishment by a Government that has used it as a shield to deflect questions in the Parliament and the community about its culpability, but which has never been committed to allowing the Inquiry to find the truth. The repeated amnesia, changed facts, dumping of 200,000 documents submitted last minute by […]

Pusey release a result of Labor’s failures

Victoria’s courts have been put in an invidious position as a result of the failure of Daniel Andrews and his Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy, to appropriately manage the ever-growing backlog of serious criminal trials. With no prospect of criminal jury trials starting before Christmas, the delays in listing a trial date are now stretching out for […]

Labor Minister’s conflict of interest

Ingrid Stitt was sworn in as a member of the Executive two weeks ago as the Minister for Workplace Safety and Early Childhood. But she remains a member of the Parliament Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, the main function of which is to scrutinise the Executive.  PAEC currently has an important Inquiry, the Victorian Government’s […]