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Victorian Minister Michael O'Brien needs protection from bullies.

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Introduce a new law of course...

 

$12,000 fine for insulting Victorian Gaming Minister Michael O'Brien

THE Victorian Parliament is set to pass new legislation making it a criminal offence to "insult" Gaming Minister Michael O'Brien.

 

Fines of up to $11,945 will be given to anyone found guilty of upsetting the minister and his staff under the extraordinary new offence.

 

The Baillieu Government is seeking changes to the Gaming Regulation Act which it says are "reasonably necessary to respect the rights and reputation of the minister and authorised persons". If passed, the ruling will become law.

 

The amendment proposed to the Act will make it an offence to "assault, obstruct, hinder, threaten, abuse, insult or intimidate" the minister or authorised persons exercising "due diligence" in monitoring gambling systems such as pokies.

 

State Labor has seized on the extraordinary amendment, with Opposition gaming spokesman Martin Pakula branding the minister "Windscreens O'Brien - because this proves he's got a glass jaw".

 

"Is the minister so precious that he now needs legislation to protect him from insults?" he said.

 

"I thought I better make these comments before the Bill passes in case I breach the new rules and insult Mr O'Brien."

 

The bipartisan Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee also raised concerns about the move last week, noting "the criminalisation of insults may capture behaviour that is unlikely to hinder the exercise of powers ... or impinge on anyone's rights or reputation".

 

Asked why the new "offence" law was necessary and what its intention was, a spokeswoman for Mr O'Brien, Emily Broadbent, tried to deflect attention away from the minister, despite his title being clearly attached to the legislation.

 

"This provision protects officers of the gambling regulator from bullying or intimidation when exercising powers at the direction of the Minister for Gaming," she said.

 

"The minister can look after himself, but does not believe that those working on his behalf should have to put up with harassment."

 

The new offence relates primarily to "legacy monitoring" - accessing information from betting agencies Tatts and TAB about policing they did in gaming venues.

 

The Government awarded lottery company Intralot a contract to monitor the state's poker machine industry last month.

 

The Bill passed the Lower House last week and is expected to be introduced to the Upper House when Parliament resumes on October 25.

News.com.au "Surely this is a joke"

 

Maybe he should learn to take it like a man and move on with his life. Not make some fucking stupid proposal that provides him "protection".

 

Perhaps his next career will involve replacing windshields and windows...

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"Surely this is a joke" indeed. Taking public ridicule (or, rarely, praise) goes with the job. It's how you know when you're doing it wrong.

 

Aside from which, making laws prohibiting negative comment on public offices smacks of China or the USSR at their worst.

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Just more authoritarian, power tripping/grabbing shite from those in power.

 

Edited by Waltish

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If it's all true, I'm finding it most amusing because it's being done by a Lib Government, not a Labor one. Liberal, indeed.

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Erhm, Dont we already have a number of laws in place already to stop threatening, undue insults, abuse or intimidation?

 

Fucks sake...

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You know where else they have laws like this?

 

Civil rights backwaters like Singapore.

 

How far do these 'liberal' fuckwads have to go before people realise how dangerous they are, with their born to rule mentality?

 

We're serfs to those cunts, to be disenfranchised at every turn.

Edited by Kimmo

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Oh the irony, how about they extend that law to include the prime minister then fine tony abbot?

Or anyone else who makes Ranga jokes toward her. Perhaps even Mr Rabbot with his budgie smugglers and dumbo sized ears!

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My thoughts on reading this (after checking it wasn't a joke) is that they should be enforcing existing laws.

If people acting for the government to monitor pokies etc, are being harassed and threatened, the existing laws should protect them.

This just seems stupid.

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APRIL FOOLS!!!

 

-looks at calendar-

 

What sort of government is being run over there???

A new "much better than the previous stable Labor" Government. Now with Liberal flavour!

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