Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 14:30
The proposal reported on in the media that there was consideration to reduce jury sizes from 12 to 8 is wrong and should not be implemented. Rather than rush through such a fundamental change to a core institution of our criminal justice system the Parliament ought to introduce practical measures which will significantly increase the number of cases which can be dealt with, without interfering with established rights of citizens.
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 14:01
Liberty Victoria is deeply concerned by reports that some of the extraordinary measures introduced by the Government, and in particular the imposition of a curfew, were not made on the considered advice of public health officials and Victoria Police.
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Thu, 03/09/2020 - 09:35
Liberty Victoria is deeply concerned about reports of the arrest by Victoria Police of a woman for the alleged incitement of an anti-lockdown protest.
It has been reported that the apparently pregnant woman was arrested and handcuffed in her own home in the presence of her young children because of a Facebook post. One that she offered to take down during the police raid. To describe this approach by police as heavy handed is a gross understatement.
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 09:24
Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment
(State of Emergency Extension and Other Matters) Bill (Vic) – Exposure Draft
Liberty Victoria makes the following comments on the Exposure Draft of the Health and Wellbeing Amendment (State of Emergency Extension and Other Matters) Bill (Vic) (the Bill). The Bill proposes amendments to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) (the Act).
Respecting and protecting human rights have become more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Liberty Victoria recognises that the scale and severity of the crisis has required a response that necessarily limits the human rights and liberties of all Victorians. Sensibly, the focus of the response has been focused on saving lives. However, Liberty Victoria is concerned that there are examples where the COVID-19 response — either through the design of regulation or through the actions of public authorities — has been disproportionate.