Liberty Victoria Statement on the Victorian Government’s Backflip on Bail Reforms for Children and Proposed Electronic Monitoring

In 2023, the Victorian Government delayed changes to the Bail Act 1977 (Vic) (Bail Act) designed to reduce the number of children remanded in custody awaiting the conclusion of their criminal proceedings. The proposed changes included removing the reverse onus test, where— subject to fairly low criteria — an accused child would have to demonstrate either “compelling reasons” or “exceptional circumstances” to be granted bail.

Statement on Entrapment

Statement on Entrapment

Call for Liberty Victoria Voltaire Human Rights Awards nominations

Dear members and supporters,

Call for Liberty Victoria Voltaire Human Rights Awards nominations

Liberty Victoria seek nominations for the 2024 Liberty Victoria Voltaire Human Rights Awards

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Nomination Form

Voltaire Awards 2023 Speeches

Pill testing facilities at festivals

Liberty Victoria respectfully advocates for the implementation of pill testing facilities at festivals, as a crucial measure to protect the human rights of festival attendees. We understand that the taking of drugs at such events may be illegal, but the provision of pill testing facilities should be viewed as a pragmatic and responsible approach to address this issue.

Joint letter from the Presidents of NSW Council for Civil Liberties and Liberty Victoria relating to the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza

Dear Prime Minister,

We write as Presidents of Australia’s leading, membership based human rights and civil society organisations, about the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. We are non-political, non-religious and non-sectarian.

Since October 7, 2023, Australians have witnessed over 12,520 people die in the ongoing conflict in Palestine (including the Israeli civilians), with approximately 11,320 of these deaths caused by Israel’s military operation in Gaza. Alarmingly, an estimated 40% of these deaths have been children.

Liberty Victoria supports the right to protest

Liberty Victoria understands that there are moves by the Opposition to introduce anti-protest laws to the Victorian Parliament. The proposed law would give police the power to break up protests and ban some protesters from rally sites.

The right to protest is a fundamental component of a robust democracy, and Liberty Victoria categorically opposes the introduction of any new anti-protest laws in Victoria. 

2023 Voltaire Empty Chair Award Winner

Liberty Victoria is awarding the 2023 Voltaire Empty Chair Award to Mr Victor Yeimo, a strong advocate for West Papua’s independence from Indonesia and an international spokesperson for the National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) and the Papuan People’s Petition.

Established in 2016, the Voltaire Empty Chair Award is presented to a person who is worthy to receive the Voltaire or Young Voltaire Award but cannot be present to receive the award due to the consequences of their exercise of or advocacy for human rights, free speech or civil liberties.

Voltaire Human Rights Awards Dinner

We’re pleased to announce that Nick McKenzie, award-winning investigative journalist and author of “Crossing the Line:

The explosive inside story behind the Ben Roberts-Smith headlines” will be speaking at the Voltaire Human Rights Awards Dinner on 10 November 2023 at the Sofitel Melbourne. 

Tickets have been selling fast, you can book here: