Last week, the Victorian Parliament passed the Firearms Amendment Bill 2017 which contained a series of significant amendments to the Firearms Act 1986.
The aspect of the Bill of most concern to civil liberties and human rights is the introduction of Firearm Prohibition Orders.
Did you know:
When the opposition suggested limited amendments, the Government suggested that was because the coalition is in the pockets of organised crime.
Both major parties no doubt want to appear “tough on crime” this election year, but all sides of politics have a heavy responsibility to ensure that only appropriate and
proportionate legislation is enacted, where limitations to human rights are justifiable.
Liberty Victoria is deeply concerned that this signals the start of a lengthy election campaign where all political parties will be judging proposed legislation, not on its merits, but on its ability to wedge the opposing party for short term political gain. That is a true race to the bottom.