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Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader
The Tasmanian Parliament will have the opportunity to eliminate an antiquated and discriminatory criminal offence of begging in Greens’ Private Members’ Time next week. The provision, based on Victorian-era assumptions about the ‘criminal underclass’, has no place in Tasmanian law.
Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader
The Greens tabled a bill today that would end the classist persecution of the poor by removing the crime of begging from the statute books.
Many Tasmanians would be shocked to realize that it is a crime in Tasmania for someone to be so poor they feel they must beg to feed themselves.
Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader
The Greens today tabled legislation to amend the Police Offences Act 1935 to remove a throwback provision that makes criminals of people who feel they are forced to beg for money.*
The current law was drafted in the days of the Great Depression, when poverty and the lack of a welfare safety net drove people to beg for money and food for survival.
It has no place in a contemporary, compassionate society and that's why we've tabled this amendment Bill.