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Begging legislation

The Hodgman Liberal Government does not want a Tasmania where people need to beg in the first place.

Our plan for Tasmania focuses on improving people’s lives – reducing cost of living pressures, helping people out of family violence situations and supporting vulnerable Tasmanians into safe and affordable accommodation.

While we support the good intent of the Bill, we also respect advice from Tasmania Police that while rarely used, the current offence is actually broader than just begging and includes imposition, which is instances that involve harassment or unwelcome demands. This is considered an important provision that allows police to move people on when they feel there is a need to do so for public safety.

I have committed to reviewing the current offence of begging and imposition in the Police Offences Act 1935 and will report back to Parliament in the first half of 2019.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Chris

    October 18, 2018 at 7:16 am

    “… move people on when they feel there is a need to do so for public safety.”

    Do not allow the Police to make a judgement – oops too late, the Minister for standing still is …
    But if ya a solar feeder this generous Guvment given ya 8 cents per kWhr and sell it back to you at 309% profit proving the statement from the above “Our plan for Tasmania focuses on improving people’s lives – reducing cost of living pressures” .. especially when ya a pensioner !

  2. Claire Gilmour

    October 17, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Why is that political parties are essentially allowed to beg for funds from the public to support their individual members, but the average citizen, who is on the bones of his arse, and about to or has lost everything, cannot beg for support? If an individual is not allowed to ask/beg for donations, then neither should a politician or political party be allowed!

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