Revenge Porn Laws Have Passed The Senate

People could be copping massive fines


14 February 2018

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Landmark legislation surrounding “revenge porn” could see people fined over $100,000 if they choose to share explicit and intimate images of another person online without their consent.

The laws passed the Senate on Wednesday and could see corporations and individuals slapped with fines of up to $525,000 and $105,000 respectively, AAP reports.

Despite exemptions for parody and satire, Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm has criticised components of the legislation which unsuccessfully attempted to amend.

"If I posted a picture or a drawing of President Donald Trump urinating in Central Park, I shouldn't face a $100,000 fine," Senator Leyonhjelm told parliament.

Earlier this week, Mr Leyonhjelm said the Intimate Images Bill would be “dragging us all back to the Victorian era”.

And while One Nation leader Pauline Hanson praised the “overdue” laws, Labor senator Deb O'Neill said the so-called revenge porn legislation was too soft.

"The non-consensual sharing of intimate images is exploitative, it's humiliating and it's a very damaging form of abuse,” she said.

“It needs to be treated as such.”

It is expected that an amendment making the creation of revenge porn a criminal offence will be opposed when the bill progresses to the House of Representatives.

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