MLS students against Melbourne's homeless ban
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City of Melbourne is changing the Activities Local Law 2009 to extend the definition of "camping" and disallowing homeless people from leaving belongings unattended. This will effectively criminalise homelessness by allowing police to confiscate the possessions of people sleeping rough in Melbourne's CBD.
The Council is accepting written submissions from community members in response to these changes. As law students, we are deeply concerned about the punitive effect these changes will have on Melbourne's already vulnerable homeless community.
As such, we have put together a submission to make our concerns known. But two voices are not enough. To really make an impact and be heard, we are attaching a list of signatures to our submission to show that members of the community, particularly future members of the legal profession, care about the fact that the law is being used to criminalise people who have nowhere to live.
If you are concerned by these changes, please add your name to our submission before 4pm March 17th 2017.
To view the submission, please open the document attached.
Also, if you'd like to respond to the Council in a 2-minute survey, go to: http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/activities-local-law-2009-proposed-amendments?_ga=1.106019591.529170658.1487391968
Read the submission here:
Thank you so much for your support and for lending your voices to the plight of Melbourne CBD's homeless community.
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