Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Tue, 24/03/2020 - 15:24
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
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Tue, 24/03/2020 - 09:25
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
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 11:16
"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 South Wales Parliament - the Evidence Amendment (Tendency and Coincidence) Bill 2020 (NSW).
Those reforms, if enacted, would amongst other things:
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 10:36
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 legislated scheme since 1986.
A Victorian spent convictions scheme will transform the lives of many Victorians and put them on an equal footing with citizens of other states and territories.
Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Tue, 11/02/2020 - 16:07
Liberty Victoria welcomes the High Court’s decision handed down today, which recognises
that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people cannot be considered “aliens” under the
Liberty Victoria calls for the immediate release of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Australians currently held in immigration detention, and for constitutional recognition of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Although this proposed Bill may have started as a stock-standard anti-discrimination bill for the attribute of religious belief or activity (as has long been a part of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, for example) it has developed a number of cancerous excrescences which made it unsupportable in the first version, and make it even less supportable in the second. It can only be saved, if at all, by radical surgery such as an optimistic surgeon might attempt for late stage metastatic cancer.
This submission will focus upon the impact of vilification on people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,
trans and gender diverse, queer, and people born with variation in sex characteristics (LGBTIQ).
There is a wealth of information – in the form of both studies and anecdotal evidence – to
demonstrate that LGBTIQ people experience a significant and unacceptable level of vilification and
abuse in their daily lives. The examples shared with us by members of the LGBTIQ community and