Caroline Le Couteur
Today the ACT Greens are proud to have led a campaign for legislative action to criminalise intimate image abuse, Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur said today.
“The Greens will always stand up for issues that matter most to the community, and we’re pleased today that all parties have heeded our call for action to address intimate image abuse,” Ms Le Couteur said.
“For too long, the ACT has been out of step with community expectations, and with other states and territories, when it comes to protecting the rights of victims of this despicable crime.”
The Greens took action on this issue to our last election—tabled a petition in March—and put forward draft legislation to ensure that all Canberrans could have a say when it comes to intimate images, and broader privacy and consent concerns.
Ms Le Couteur today used this opportunity to highlight the need for ongoing privacy reform.
“I will be tabling a separate Bill which specifically addresses the issue of consent more broadly in relation to the Crimes Act. There are also outstanding issues relating to other invasion of privacy offences and relevant sexual offences that we will seek to address in due course,” Ms Le Couteur said.
“I look forward to continuing to work with all parties to ensure the necessary safeguards are in place to protect the privacy and rights of our Canberra community.”