Latest articles and news by Liberty Victoria

  • Liberty Victoria in the News
    Post date: April 1, 2020
    Victorians are facing fines of up to $20,000 for serious breaches of the state's tough new stay-at-home directions.  But critics say confuion around the new regulations which will be in place until April 13, mean that they will be hard to follow or enforce.  Liberty Victoria vice-president Julia... Read more
  • Liberty Victoria in the News
    Post date: April 1, 2020
    Both the community and government are “rightly focusing” on “what needs to happen to keep us safe” in light of the “threat that is posed to the health and safety of us all” by COVID-19, Liberty Victoria spokeswoman Gemma Cafarella said. But the measures “need to be reasonable, necessary and only in... Read more
  • Liberty Victoria in the News
    Post date: March 31, 2020
    Most states say police will use discretion over potential social distancing violations, but rights advocates argue public messaging on new laws can be unclear. Julian Burnside, a human rights barrister and spokesman for Liberty Victoria, told Guardian Australia that “on the surface, these measures... Read more
  • 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

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