Liv Calls On Government To Withdraw Serious Sex Offenders Legislation

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9th December 2009, 06:20pm - Views: 825

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009



The Victorian Government should withdraw the rushed Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and

Supervision) Bill 2009, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

LIV President Danny Barlow said the LIV believed the Bill should be amended to comply with the

Government’s own Charter of Human Rights as well as the common law.

“The Police Minister and the Victorian Attorney have rejected the recommendations of the

Sentencing Advisory Council in drafting this flawed Bill,” Mr Barlow said. 

The SAC recommended in 2007 that a post sentence detention scheme should not be introduced

in Victoria. The SAC also recommended that, if such a scheme was to be introduced, it must

include legislative safeguards to protect against the arbitrary exercise of power to detain persons

after they have completed their sentence. 

Mr Barlow said the government has not consulted with the LIV in drafting the Bill, and was pushing

it through the last sitting days of Parliament for the year.

“Any legislation which seeks to detain a person for three years without charge and conviction, but

for offences which might be committed in the future, must contain the most stringent safeguards to

limit the use of this draconian measure which offends the most basic and treasured of our legal

principles – the right to liberty of the person,” Mr Barlow said.


He urged the Opposition parties to unite to ensure the Bill is held over for next year to allow

informed consultation and produce a better Bill.

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