On 12 March 2014, the Victorian Legislative Council passed the Summary Offences and Sentencing Amendment Bill. Under the new provisions, Victoria police will soon have the power to “move on” disruptive union pickets.
Police currently have powers to direct individuals to move on if they are breaching the peace or endangering public safety. The new laws in Victorian will extend these powers to picketers, demonstrations and protests. The laws include the power to “move on” where picketers are impeding others from entering or leaving premises or where there is a threat of violence.
A date for the commencement of the new laws has not yet been determined, but a spokesperson for Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said they would come into operation shortly.