Government finally serious on revenge porn penalties

15 August 2018

Centre Alliance is pleased to see the Government has adopted its suggested strengthening of revenge porn laws, imposing heavier sentences for aggravated offences.

The Senate is expected to next week reconsider the Enhancing Online Safety (Non-Consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2018, which it passed in February with a Centre Alliance amendment to impose harsher criminal penalties on offenders.

The Centre Alliance amendment introduced three offences relating to the sharing of intimate images while the government’s amendment, based on that of Centre Alliance, builds on existing laws to create two new aggravated offences to punish those who use technology to share private sexual material.

“While this is not our original amendment, it respects the intent of what we want to achieve – and what the Australian community expects,” Senator Griff said.

“People guilty of this low behaviour need to know they face serious consequences, including jail time. Using intimate images is such malicious ways can wreck lives and Centre Alliance doesn’t think perpetrators should get off lightly,” he said.

"Despite the Government's initial reluctance to criminalise this behaviour, we are glad they are now on board with more serious penalties."

Senator Fifield paid tribute to Centre Alliance's groundwork, telling the Senate today that he wanted to acknowledge “Centre Alliance’s deep interest in this issue” in drafting the original amendments.

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