Re­move re­stric­tions on self de­fence

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions/People -

VIC­TO­RIA has be­come sadly fa­mil­iar with the ran­dom at­tacks on women, and the pre­dictable in­ef­fec­tual re­sponses that fol­low.

If col­lec­tive con­cern and good will stopped vi­o­lence in Vic­to­ria, this would be the most peace­ful place on earth.

Un­for­tu­nately, the fact that the as­saults keep hap­pen­ing proves that can­dle­light vig­ils don’t make much dif­fer­ence.

And any­one who wants to de­fend them­selves can be ar­rested for car­ry­ing pep­per spray or a taser.

This week, my col­leagues on the cross­bench of the Vic­to­rian up­per house are go­ing to test the wa­ters with a mo­tion sup­port­ing the re­moval of re­stric­tions on non­lethal means of self-de­fence.

I be­lieve in­di­vid­u­als should have both the right and the means to de­fend them­selves.

If your rep­re­sen­ta­tive op­poses this mo­tion they need to be asked: why do you op­pose it, and if you op­pose it, what prac­ti­cal thing are you do­ing to pre­vent more vi­o­lence?

Tim Quilty MP Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria A swale drain to nowhere, per­haps ap­proved by coun­cil? It is lo­cated op­po­site 72 Highton Lane, and is a health and safety is­sue. It is full of resid­ual wa­ter three days post rain­fall.

PHOTO: Robyn Columbine, Mans­field

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