This week in Prima Facie:
David reports live from a protest rally in Melbourne’s CBD, where a noisy crowd from the pro-life movement exercised their democratic right to Freedom of Speech. Or did they?
Begging is still a criminal offence in Victoria. In fact it was moved from the (now repealed) Vagrancy Act a few years ago, into the current Summary Offences Act. But is this more of a social welfare concern than a criminal matter? How does this compare with being stopped in the street by someone from a registered charity?
And Ron and David argue about judicial oversight when it comes to obtaining telecommunications metadata. When do police need a warrant to obtain metadata, and when don’t they?