Daniel Andrews fails to get it right, yet again

The Justice Proceedings Reports Amendment Bill 2021 (JPRA Bill) is the Andrews Labor Government’s third attempt to regulate when a deceased victim or alleged victim of sexual assault can be named and by whom.

Last year, Daniel Andrews and Labor caused enormous harm and grief to so many high profile, respected families and loved ones of deceased sexual assault victims with its plan to silence them.

The JPRA Bill seeks to fix this mess, but yet again Labor has got it wrong and have gone too far.

Following consultation since the Bill was rushed through the Legislative Assembly two weeks ago, the Liberal Nationals have listened and will be moving the following amendments:

  1. to limit the introduction of victim privacy orders to only deceased sexual assault victims (not for other crimes as the regulation making power could allow);

  2. to expand the notification provision to include immediate family and loved ones of the deceased victim; and

  3. for the scheme to be reviewed two years from commencement.

Victorians rightfully expect transparency and accountability from the Andrews Labor Government and right now they’re not getting that.

Comments attributable to Shadow Attorney-General, Edward O’Donohue:

“By failing to consult and work with the families and loved ones of deceased victims of sexual assault, Daniel Andrews has yet again got it wrong.

“It’s critical that our court system is as open and transparent as possible and the rights of victims and their families must come first.”