World News

Victoria Stands Firm on Decriminalising Public Drunkenness ahead of Cup Day despite Police Concerns


Victoria Premier Jacinta Allan said the new health-based approach was common sense, but police are concerned it’s a safety risk.

Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan has defended decriminalising public drunkenness on Melbourne Cup day, despite concerns from the state’s police officers on Oct. 31.

From Nov. 7, being intoxicated in public will no longer be a crime, and police won’t have any powers to arrest people. Instead, it will be approached as a health issue, with leading community health organisation Co-health delivering street-based outreach teams and mobile vans across metro Melbourne, after long-planned decriminalisation reforms.

Ms. Allan said the approach was “common sense.”

Related Stories

Victoria Welcomes Back State-Owned Energy Commission
Daniel Andrews Has Left Victoria Worse for Wear

“Because being intoxicated in public shouldn’t be a crime. And from next week, it won’t be,” she said.

She added that criminalising public drunkenness “led to too many Indigenous Victorians ending up in a jail cell.”

“We are not going to continue where we have laws in this state that disproportionately see Indigenous Victorians end up in jail cells, and very seriously significant consequences come as a result of that,” she said.

Concerned Opposition


In response, Victoria Police issued a statement assuring police want to “instinctively assist” the community; however, under new laws, there will be times when members will leave drunk people where they are, particularly when they are not deemed a safety risk.

TruthUSA

I'm TruthUSA, the author behind TruthUSA News Hub located at https://truthusa.us/. With our One Story at a Time," my aim is to provide you with unbiased and comprehensive news coverage. I dive deep into the latest happenings in the US and global events, and bring you objective stories sourced from reputable sources. My goal is to keep you informed and enlightened, ensuring you have access to the truth. Stay tuned to TruthUSA News Hub to discover the reality behind the headlines and gain a well-rounded perspective on the world.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.