Latest articles and news by Liberty Victoria

  • Press Release
    Post date: March 30, 2020
    Liberty Victoria supports and applaud the efforts of government and medical experts at all levels working to take urgent action to save lives and protect our community.  We acknowledge that extraordinary steps are required to meet an extraordinary crisis.  We will continue our role in protecting... Read more
  • Press Release
    Post date: March 29, 2020
    Liberty Victoria joins the 119 Criminal and Legal Practitioners to call for humane decarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic. You cannot social distance in a cramped prison. Humane decarceration during the COVID-19 Pandemic In order to preserve human rights and further protect public health we... Read more
  • Liberty Victoria in the News
    Post date: March 26, 2020
    Liberty Victoria's call to decarcerate the state's jails and detention centres to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 has been reported by the Sun-Herald
  • Press Release
    Post date: March 24, 2020
    In light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty Victoria supports calls from more than 370 lawyers, academics and advocates to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons  -and youth detention centres (see https://www.abc.net.au/... Read more
  • Press Release
    Post date: March 24, 2020
    In light of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, Liberty Victoria supports calls from more than 370 lawyers, academics and advocates to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the Australian criminal justice system, especially prisons and youth detention centres (see https://www.abc.net.au/news... Read more
  • Liberty Victoria in the News
    Post date: March 17, 2020
      The decision over the weekend to halt new jury trials in New South Wales and Victoria — Australia’s most populous states — was the first real COVID-19 shock to hit the justice system. It will not be the last.  Julia Kretzenbacher, vice-president of Liberty Victoria, said the organisation’s view... Read more
  • Press Release
    Post date: March 16, 2020
      Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 Liberty Victoria is strongly opposed to the Sentencing Amendment (Emergency Worker Harm) Bill 2020 (“The Bill”). The Bill reflects the Government’s intention to further entrench a system of mandatory sentencing that fails to make the... Read more
  • Press Release
    Post date: March 3, 2020
    "There is a genuine risk of innocent people being convicted of crimes they have not committed." Liberty Victoria strongly opposes the Victorian Government’s recently announced reforms to the law of tendency and coincidence evidence, which it has announced will be based on a Bill before the New... Read more
  • Press Release
    Post date: March 3, 2020
    Liberty Victoria welcomes the Victorian government’s announcement that it is committed to introducing a legislated spent convictions scheme. Once a scheme is legislated, this will bring Victoria in line with every other Australian state and territory, including Queensland, which has had a... Read more
  • Liberty Victoria in the News
    Post date: February 19, 2020
    For nearly a decade, Payam Saadat has fought for compensation over the trauma he endured in immigration detention. More than 60 other cases rely on the result of his trial. Rick Morton interviewed Liberty Victoria President Julian Burnside for this story whose comments are included in this article.

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