While tightened as part of a ‘tough on crime’ stance, the bail laws cause unintended trauma for women on remand, and should be repealed.
Women leaving violent situations need to be able to ensure the safety of their companion animals, and a motion before the Victorian parliament is seeking changes to achieve that.
A state of disaster confers more power on the minister for police and emergency services to ensure compliance with the laws put in place to defeat the pandemic. It plays a powerful symbolic role, too.
In 2016, a Victorian court decided an Airbnb arrangement was a lease. ‘Guests’ could be protected by tenancy law, including against eviction. And in this case the host was evicted for subletting.
The new bill will make it make it mandatory for priests to report suspected child abuse admitted in confidence.
The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council’s new report reveals that most cases of animal cruelty handled by the law are in fact animal neglect.
While media outlets rail against being prohibited from reporting on certain cases, it is about striking a difficult balance between open justice and a fair trial.
Simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot by itself lower workplace death rates.
Abolishing defensive homicide in Victoria was a mistake has left the law inflexibile in dealing with homicide offences.
Police sometimes misidentify victims as perpetrators – because the real perpetrator has misled them, or because the victim is not displaying “typical” behaviour.
Following Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, should the state change the way it sentences offenders?
Victoria stands a chance of becoming the first Australian jurisdiction in 20 years, and the first ever Australian state, to have an assisted dying law.
In a world first, Victoria plans to retrospectively open the records of formerly anonymous sperm donors to all donor-conceived people. A system of contact vetoes aims to manage the privacy concerns.
Victoria has had a huge victory for the rights of women to exercise their choice to access a legal medical service free of intimidation and harassment.
New research suggests that female landowners were by no means as rare as was once thought by historians.
There is a non-binding precedent in Victoria that allows judges to consider the victim’s sexual experience when passing sentence on a sex offender – but only when the “victim is a prostitute”.