My question is to the Attorney-General, Ms Symes.
On 9 December last year, I was humbled to bring to Parliament the family of
23-year-old Celeste Manno following her horrific stalking-related murder the previous month at her home in Mernda.
I was also greatly moved that day by the very thoughtful response and statements from the Premier and the then Attorney-General to the issues raised with the Government by Celeste’s family.
That response included an announcement that a comprehensive Victorian Law Reform Commission inquiry into stalking laws and the use of intervention orders would urgently be undertaken.
Attorney: bearing in mind that this point still remains unclear, I ask if you could outline when the many people who would like to make submissions to this inquiry will be able to begin doing so?
Attorney: in their meeting in December, Ms Hennessy, her office and her Department indicated to Celeste’s family that the VLRC inquiry would be concluded before the end of 2021.
In Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, we agree that it is really important that this work be completed as soon as possible. We say this especially because thousands of Victorians are already under very serious threat and living in fear of stalkers and because many more will endure the same horror in the future unless significant and urgent changes are made to the ways in which these cases are handled.
So, could you please indicate whether that is still the timeline for the completion of the inquiry?