The rule of law, the protection of human rights and access to justice for all people are fundamental to a safe and peaceful democracy. We need to build a fairer, more equal and inclusive community to reduce crime and violence.
Sue Pennicuik is the Victorian Greens’ spokesperson for Police, Corrections and Attorney-General (Justice). The Greens in Victorian Parliament are fighting for:
- An appropriately funded and trained Police service with strong community links.
- Comprehensive support for victims of crime to facilitate recovery.
- Diversion and justice reinvestment programs to rehabilitate offenders and reintegrate them back into society.
- Support for vulnerable people in legal matters, such as victims of family violence, young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Well-resourced legal aid services and other measures to address barriers to a fair hearing and equality before the law.
- Upholding the separation of powers between the executive, the parliament and the judiciary, and stamping out corruption wherever it occurs.
- An end to politically-motivated law and order campaigns that exploit and fuel public anxieties.
Equality before the law can only be achieved when there is recognition of cultural, social and economic influences on decision-making and the choices and opportunities available to people.