Queensland Legislation punishes the State’s poorest people

13 Jun 2016

UQ community law expert Associate Professor Tamara Walsh has recently commented on Queensland’s most disadvantaged people being charged for begging. The article in The Courier Mail, published on Saturday 5 June, stated that the State’s poorest people are being hit with fines they cannot pay because of legislation which outlaws begging.

A/Prof Walsh said, “The legislation has been in place for decades, anecdotally there has been an increase in people being charged with begging in a public place."

"Victoria had community-based courts to deal with the issue, although there has been fierce debate in that state over whether it should be an offence at all, while anti-begging laws are unconstitutional in the US.”

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