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Victoria moves to decriminalise public drunkenness on eve of Tanya Day inquest

Victoria will finally abolish one of its most contentious and outdated laws by decriminalising public drunkenness.

The State Government has told the ABC a new health-based response to public drunkenness will replace existing laws which make drunkenness an offence in a public place.

Victoria’s Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy, said the law reform would be implemented over the next few months.

Indigenous people have long been the most vulnerable group of people targeted by arrests under public drunkenness laws, and the…

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