Canberra Liberals pass “revenge porn” laws

New laws to address the issue known as “revenge porn”, that were introduced by Canberra Liberals Shadow Attorney-General Jeremy Hanson were unanimously supported and passed in the Legislative Assembly today.

“We know that issues of intimate image abuse are a growing problem in our community,” Mr Hanson said. “But until today, they were a problem without a solution.

“A recent study by RMIT showed one in five Australians could suffer this form of attack, and as many as one in three young people. Men and women are equally likely to be victims, but groups such as gay, lesbian and transgender, indigenous people and the disabled are more likely to be victimised.

“Earlier this year, I introduced an exposure draft of new legislation. After wide consultation, I tabled a Bill in the Assembly.

“We worked with all parties to prepare the final draft, which I am pleased to say received unanimous support.

“This now means that someone who posts an intimate image without consent, or who is reckless to consent, can face a fine of up to $45,000 or up to three years’ jail. They can also be ordered to take all steps within their power to remove any images they have posted.

“There are also protections for young people similar to other provisions in the criminal code, so if young people consensually share there is no offence. We are not trying to capture young people in their private act, but we are definitely trying to stop the harmful, abusive and public misuse of these images.

“This is a balanced, sound law that should result in protection from the abuse, mistreatment and harm caused to many in our community,” Mr Hanson concluded.