SUBMISSIONS TO SARC NOW CLOSED
If you are a resident of Victoria, please click here to send your concerns directly to your MP.
The Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee (SARC) is an all-party Joint House Committee, which examines all Bills introduced into the Victorian Parliament to determine whether they are incompatible with Human Rights.
It has just been announced that SARC will be taking submissions from the public on their views about the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020 up until 5pm this Wednesday 7th October 2020. This also includes submissions from those who reside outside of Victoria.
Thanks to our friends at the Health Australia Party, we have included a form for you to complete below which will automatically send off your submission to SARC and it's representatives. Please remember to check your email and click confirm to send it off!
Here are some points which you may wish to include in your submission:
The preemptive detention proposed by the Bill beaches sections 21, 12 & 8 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) which protects individuals from being subjected to arbitrary detention, and the right to enjoy freedom of movement and human rights without discrimination
High risk individuals’ could be arbitrarily detained in breach of section 21 of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Proposed amendments would allow for untrained individuals to be appointed as Authorised Officers
Under the Bill, the Authorised officer is responsible for reviewing their own decision to detain individuals meaning the person making the decision is also responsible for reviewing their own decision. There is also no provision for a review of the detention which means a person may need to apply to the Supreme Court to grant an order for release.
Once you’ve filled the form out, let's utilise the 'power of five' and ask your family and friends to also send their feedback.
Please see our link below if you are after further information regarding the background to the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020.
SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED