Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee

Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee

Inquiry into children affected by parental incarceration

Seeking submissions by 29 April 2022

That the Legal and Social Issues Standing Committee inquire into and report, by 1 July 2022, on the adequacy of policies and services to assist the children of imprisoned parents in Victoria, with particular reference to:

  1. the social, emotional and health impacts on affected children;
  2. what policies exist and what services are available, including consideration of those in other jurisdictions;
  3. how effective these services are, including —
    1. consideration of evaluation of work already done in this area; and
    2. identifying areas for improvement.

Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee

Inquiry into extremism in Victoria

Seeking submissions by 13 May 2022

That the Legal and Social Issues Committee inquire into, consider and report, by 31 May 2022, on the following —
a. the rise of the far-right extremist movements in Victoria in the context of —
i. social isolation and growing economic insecurity;
ii. racist scapegoating;
iii. the role of mainstream and social media;
iv. the distrust of governments and politicians;
b. their methods of recruitment and communication;
c. how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the growth of far-right extremism in the Victorian context;
d. the risks their plans and actions pose to Victoria and especially to Victoria’s multicultural communities;
e. the violent potential of these movements, including the potential for targeted violence against politicians and public figures;
f. the links between far-right extremist groups, other forms of extremism, and populist radical right and anti-vaccine misinformation groups;
g. what steps need to be taken in Victoria to counter these far-right extremist groups and their influence, including, but not limited to consideration of —
i. the role of early intervention measures to diminish the recruitment and mobilisation prospects of far-right extremist groups;
ii. the role of social cohesion, greater civil engagement and empowerment, and community building programs;
iii. the submissions made to and, when tabled, the report by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s Inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia; and
h. any other related matters.