The Andrews Labor Government can’t help itself when it comes to playing the blame game on the Justice Legislation (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2018.
The Justice Legislation (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2018 was introduced to the Legislative Council in July 2018 but the Andrews Labor Government never listed it for debate.
In fact, a more important priority for the Andrews Labor Government was to bring forward the debate for the Gambling Regulation Amendment (Wagering and Betting) Bill 2018 which was legislation to increase taxation.
Another more important priority for Daniel Andrews was to debate legislation to slug taxpayers’ millions of dollars to fund political parties.
The Liberal Nationals’ position can be summed up by a contribution by Robert Clark in the Legislative Assembly on 25 June 2018:
“The proposed DNA provisions certainly are an improvement in allowing better gathering of DNA and in many respects they parallel proposals for changes to DNA laws that were put forward under the previous government close to four years ago but which were not taken up by the current government when they came to office. As I say, the changes that are in the bill are an improvement but arguably they do not go far enough…”
The Justice Legislation (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2018 was an omnibus bill which included proposed firearms changes which invites the question if the Andrews Labor Government delayed the legislation because of preference negotiations between Labor and the Shooters and Fishers Party.