Victoria Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety David Southwick
Liberal Nationals To Reinstate Victoria’s Move-On Laws
Victor P Taffa
Victorian Liberal Nationals will introduce a bill to reinstate Victoria’s Move-on Laws to keep the Victorian community safe and minimise commuter disruptions, Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety David Southwick said.
In 2015, one of Daniel Andrews’ first acts as Premier was to repeal Victoria’s Move-on Laws, leaving Victoria Police hamstrung in their ability to break-up dangerous protests and manage deliberately disruptive individuals.
“Everyone has the right to protest but no one has the right to hold up others or the city to ransom.” Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety David Southwick said.
“In 2015, Daniel Andrews repealed Victoria’s Move-on Laws, leaving Victoria Police without the tools they need to promptly and effectively break-up dangerous protests.”
Summary Offences Amendment (Move-on Laws) Bill 2019 will reintroduce key elements of Victoria’s Move-on Laws, including:
- Reintroduce the reasons why a Move-on order may be given, including in relation to committing an offence in a public place, conduct causing a reasonable apprehension of violence in another person, causing undue obstruction to a person or traffic, or impeding a person from lawfully entering or leaving a premises.
- Reinstate arrest powers for those in contravention of a Move-on order, and require recipients of Move-on orders to provide their name and address if requested.
- Remove exceptions to Move-on orders relating to demonstrating or protesting a particular issue, or behaving in a way that is apparently intended to publicise the person’s view about a particular issue.
These Move-on Laws will also include strengthened exclusion orders, where an exclusion order must be sought by Victoria Police if the arrest was made in relation to a known, ongoing protest or demonstration.
These enhanced laws will return to Victoria Police a valuable tool to break-up dangerous and disruptive protests, help keep Victorians going about their lawful business safe from violence, threats and intimidation and hold offenders to account.
Today Daniel Andrews has a choice to support stronger laws to break-up unlawful, dangerous protests or leave Victoria Police without the powers they need to keep the community safe.