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Government Ministers Urged to Support Decriminalisation of Begging in Tasmania

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.

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