Grossly offensive conduct to become a crime in Victoria

Lawyers say new offence, introduced after four police officers were filmed dying, may have unintended negative consequences

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Victorians who engage in grossly offensive conduct in public are set to face up to five years in jail under a bill introduced to state parliament, raising concerns among lawyers who say the proposed new offence could unintentionally impact vulnerable people.

The state’s attorney general, Jaclyn Symes, on Wednesday announced the introduction of the crimes legislation amendment bill, which creates a new offence of “engaging in conduct that is grossly offensive to community standards of behaviour”.

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