WA to outlaw revenge porn; should Queensland follow?

WESTERN Australia will make revenge porn a crime in wide-sweeping legislation to be introduced to state parliament this week.

The changes add stricter sentencing to domestic violence offences and have long been campaigned for.

If the changes pass parliament, anyone who cyber-stalks a current or former partner or posts revenge porn to blackmail or humiliate them could face a two-year prison sentence.

It will also extend greater power to family members of domestic violence victims.

The legislation will broaden the definition of victim to include the primary victim and their immediate family.

The bill will also double the maximum sentence for unlawful assault causing death, from 10 years to 20 years.
Anyone convicted of intentional foetal homicide will also face a maximum 20 years in jail.

"While nothing can ever undo the loss of a pregnancy or harm to an unborn child that an expectant mother and her family will suffer as a result of a criminal act, this Bill confirms that violence to an unborn child is violence to the mother, and that such actions are unacceptable and will not escape an appropriate punishment," WA attorney general Bill Mischin said.

"If a person intentionally causes grievous bodily harm to a pregnant woman which results in the loss of her pregnancy, that person will face up to 20 years' imprisonment, while a person who causes grievous bodily harm to a woman's unborn child in other circumstances could be jailed for up to 14 years."

Should QLD introduce legislation against revenge porn?

This poll ended on 18 September 2016.

Current Results

Yes

65%

No

34%

Undecided

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Victoria and South Australia are among other states that have moved to specifically outlaw revenge porn.

Queensland advocates have been calling for a change to our own revenge porn laws for several years.

In September 2015, the Labor State Conference voted to create laws targeting offenders who shared lewd photos of other people online without their consent.

The Labor government has not yet acted on the vote.

Currently, a 2004 law against using a carriage serve to menace or harass is the only legislation that addresses issues such as revenge porn.

At a national level, a Queensland MP introduced a private members bill in federal parliament calling for offenders who shared revenge porn to be jailed for up to three years.



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