CANBERRA LIBERALS INTRODUCE ‘REVENGE PORN’ LAWS

‘Revenge porn’ will be a crime with up to two years imprisonment for the worst offences under proposed new laws to be introduced by the Canberra Liberals, Shadow Attorney-General Jeremy Hanson said today.
Revenge porn is the non-consensual sharing of intimate images on social media or other websites. It is a problem that is growing in Australia with a recent RMIT study showing that one in five Australian’s have had revealing images of themselves shared online without their permission.
“The law has not kept pace with technology,” Mr Hanson said.
“We all recognise the damage inflicted by revenge porn, but the Canberra Liberals also recognise that unless the law catches up to technology, more people will fall victim to this invasive crime.
“It is time to correct that situation.
“It is appalling that one in five Australians have been victim of this kind of attack, with indigenous and disabled people the most common target. Men and women are equally likely to be victims.
“Today I am circulating a proposal for a new law to make revenge porn a criminal offence. It is based on existing legislation from Victoria, which closely matches the approach we wanted to take.
“Importantly, it recognises that this problem is a scourge that is destroying lives and should therefore incur significant consequences.
“It also regards the threat to distribute intimate material as part of the offence,” Mr Hanson said.
The Bill to be circulated by Mr Hanson contains the following key provisions:
A person commits an offence if—
(a) the person intentionally distributes an intimate image of another person to a third person; and
(b) a reasonable person would, in all the circumstances, consider distributing the image to be an indecent invasion of privacy.
Maximum Penalty: 200 penalty units, two years imprisonment or both.
It is also an offence to threaten to distribute an image, either by explicit statement or conduct, with penalties of 100 penalty units, one year imprisonment, or both.
“The new law also contains guidance on how it is to be interpreted, and appropriate defence provisions,” Mr Hanson said.
“We will circulate copies of the new law to community and stakeholder groups. I look forward to their input as I look forward to gaining the support from other parties in the Assembly, who have commented about the problem, but have not put forward a solution.
“We believe this is a serious problem. It is unacceptable that this is occurring so commonly, and it is unacceptable for us not to respond.
“Other jurisdictions have acted on this issue, the community is calling for action and the Canberra Liberals have acted,” Mr Hanson concluded.