Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

24 September 2020

Mark Shelton, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Labor split puts spotlight on White leadership

Amendments to Police Offences Act 1935, repealing the offence of begging, previously passed the House of Assembly on 19 March 2020 with the support of Labor leader Ms White, Opposition spokesperson Ms Butler and the Labor Party.

At the time, attempted amendments from the Greens to remove the police ‘move on’ power were not successful.

Overnight, Upper House Labor members have now split with their Leader and voted to remove the ‘move on’ power, against the clear advice of Tasmania Police, after a Greens media release* calling on Labor members to do just that.

This important provision in the Government’s legislation would have enabled police to provide support to businesses in the rare situations where individuals are harassing patrons or deterring people from using public facilities, like toilets.

Labor and the Greens are clearly joined at the hip despite their fake divorce claims, and further questions must be asked about Ms White’s leadership, as she has clearly lost control of her caucus.

* “We hope Labor will reconsider their vote in the House of Assembly and encourage all MLCs to vote against the ‘move on’ clause...”

More Media Releases from Mark Shelton

More Media Releases from the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management