Today Show with Karl
15 August 2018
who share intimate or explicit images of their former partners could end up
behind bars and hit with massive fines under news laws set to be introduced
into Parliament today. The crackdown on so called revenge porn is being
spearheaded by the Communications Minister Mitch Fifield. Mitch Good morning to
what are you going to do and is it going to stop it?
Karl, we do have some existing criminal penalties for what is known as revenge
porn or the sharing of intimate images without consent. We don’t think that’s
strong enough. We want to have a specific aggravated offence that sends a clear
message to creeps, that it’s not on. And we’re going to have new penalties that
you can go to jail for five years or, if you’re a repeat offender, you can go
to jail for seven years.
they’re severe penalties, how bad does the offence need to be?
want to create a specific aggravated offence. At the moment there are general
criminal penalties. We want to make it clear that this specific activity is
wrong. It’s not acceptable. That if you commit these crimes, you will go to
jail. Five years. But, if you are a repeat offender you can go to jail for up
to seven years.
one in five Australians, in surveys, have reported that they’re the subject of
this activity. We’ve got to make it clear that the ordinary laws of the land,
the ordinary acceptable standards of behaviour that apply in the offline world,
also apply in the online world.
in the right direction. Okay, just finally, Fraser Anning, have you got words?
this is deeply regrettable, Karl. I thought we had moved beyond this in the
Parliament. Australia is a warm and open nation. We accept people who come here
the right way. We accept people who come through our humanitarian program. All
we ask is that people sign up to our values and contribute. And we are very
proud of the fact that we have a non-discriminatory immigration policy. And
that’s the way it should be.
good to talk to you, Mitch, thanks for your time this morning.
Authorised by Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Liberal Party of Australia, Parliament House, Canberra.