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New Directors Appointed To Traditional Owners Funds

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of Neil Westbury and Sue Dahn as new directors of the Victorian Traditional Owners Funds Limited. Mr Westbury has more than 45 years’ experience working in Indigenous affairs and public sector management with an extensive background in native title issues and Aboriginal economic development. Since 2006, he […]

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Five New Magistrates Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the appointment of five new magistrates to the Magistrates’ Court. The appointees are Vicky Prapas, Olivia Trumble, Nahrain Warda, Kieran Gilligan and Stephen Lee. Vicky Prapas is a specialist in criminal law and is the Legal Practice Manager at the Office of Public Prosecutions, where she has worked in […]

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Reforms To Streamline And Modernise Appeals

The Andrews Labor Government is modernising Victoria’s appeals system, reducing the burden on victims and witnesses and making appeal processes more efficient. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 will abolish ‘de novo’ appeals of criminal cases to the County Court. Currently, when a person is found guilty by the Magistrates’ […]

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Addressing Injustice And Improving The Rights Of Victims

The Andrews Labor Government is addressing a serious historical injustice and helping to minimise unnecessary trauma for victims of crime during criminal proceedings. The Labor Government today introduced new laws into Parliament that make clear that relevant historical care and protection orders are not to be treated as convictions or findings of guilt. Historically, the […]

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Strengthening Laws To Disrupt Criminal Gangs

The Andrews Labor Government is giving police the powers they need to disrupt serious and organised crime in Victoria through new laws introduced into Parliament today, delivering on commitments under the Community Safety Statement 2018/19. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 will amend and clarify laws designed to prevent the […]

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Talks Underway With Eastern Maar Traditional Owners

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to work with the Eastern Maar Traditional Owner group towards an agreement under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 – the only state legislation of its kind in Australia. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today visited the Framlingham Aboriginal settlement near Warrnambool to mark negotiations to formally recognise Eastern Maar Traditional […]

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Delivering More Modern Court Facilities In Mansfield

The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading the Mansfield Courthouse to provide a safer and more modern facility. The Labor Government will invest $250,000 to deliver improved disability access, heritage restoration, building refurbishment, and garden and fencing improvements. Attorney-General Martin Pakula today visited the Mansfield Courthouse to announce the investment, as part of the Government’s Safe […]

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Safer Courthouse Delivered In Bairnsdale

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering safer courthouses in regional Victoria with a major safety and security upgrade to the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court complete. The Bairnsdale Courthouse now has a private waiting area and interview room as part of an $800,000 investment, improving the safety of people impacted by family violence attending court. The upgrade […]

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Response To Child Abuse Royal Commission Recommendations

The Andrews Labor Government today released its response to the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Attorney-General Martin Pakula said the Labor Government has accepted in full or in principle 293 of the recommendations that apply to Victoria, and will further consider another 24 recommendations. Victoria will also […]

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Delivering A Safer Courthouse In Ararat

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering safer courthouses in regional Victoria with the reopening of the Ararat Magistrates Court following major safety and security upgrades to improve community safety. A new waiting area and interview room will create a safer experience for people impacted by family violence attending court, as part of the Labor Government’s […]

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