Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell MP has questioned the new Attorney-General, Ms Jaclyn Symes, on the progress of the Victorian Law Commission (VLRC) Inquiry into Stalking.

On 9 December last year, Ms Maxwell joined family members of Celeste Manno at State Parliament, including Celeste’s mother Ms Di Mauro and brother Alessandro, to call for stronger responses to breaches of intervention orders and stronger responses to stalking cases.

Ms Maxwell organised for Ms Di Mauro and her son to meet with then Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy, and the Government subsequently announced that a VLRC inquiry into stalking laws and the use of intervention orders would be undertaken and concluded before the end of 2021.

Ms Maxwell is now calling on Ms Symes to outline when submissions to the Inquiry will open and has asked for confirmation that the original timeline remains on track.

“We need to have an urgent investigation into what is needed to protect stalking victims and address the behaviours of people who stalk victims and breach intervention orders.”

“Stalking behaviour needs to be addressed by no later than the time an intervention order is put into place – whether that be through
risk-assessments, psychological interventions or increased monitoring.”

“Thousands of Victorians are already under very serious threat and living in fear – and many more will endure the same horror in the
future unless significant and urgent changes are made to the way in which stalking cases are handled.”