Reform to our bail system is urgent yet Daniel Andrews continues to drag his feet.
The Liberal Nationals will today move to amend the commencement date of the bail laws before the Parliament so they become law sooner.
With the Bourke Street tragedy having occurred on 20 January 2017, the Andrews Labor Government has had over 12 months to make changes to Victoria’s bail laws.
The Liberal Nationals have repeatedly called on Daniel Andrews to make bail laws an urgent priority in the Parliament.
Despite that, the Andrews Labor Government continues to drag its feet on bail law changes.
The Government’s first set of bail changes passed the Parliament last year and have a commencement date of 1 July 2018 while the Government’s second set of bail changes are before the Parliament and have a commencement date of 1 October 2018.
As a consequence of these delays, the Liberal Nationals will move amendments in the Parliament to set an earlier commencement date for both bail bills.
Instead of commencement dates of 1 July 2018 and 1 October 2018, our amendments will if passed set a commencement date of 30 March 2018 for both bills.
If Daniel Andrews agrees that bail changes are urgent, he will support our amendments.