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Grossly offensive behaviour to become a crime in Victoria



Grossly offensive behaviour in Victoria will be punished by five years behind bars under a bill introduced to state parliament on Wednesday.

The bill, known as Lynette's Law, was championed by Stuart Schulze, the husband of Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, one of four police officers killed in Melbourne's Eastern Freeway tragedy in 2020.

It was developed in response to Porsche driver Richard Pusey, who was being detained for speeding offences when a truck crashed into the officers. Pusey filmed and mocked Taylor's body following the deadly crash, for which he spent three months in prison.

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As well as Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King, Constable Joshua Prestney and Constable Glen Humphris were killed in the collision.

Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes said the bill created a new offence of "engaging in conduct that is grossly offensive to community standards of behaviour".

"This offence that we're introducing today has a maximum sentence of five years which provides a little bit more of a suggestion of what the community expects when such egregious behaviour occurs in public," she said.

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Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor.

Lynette's Law will apply to the conduct of any person in a place where their behaviour can be seen or heard publicly.

It will also require an accused person to understand or establish that a reasonable person would have known that their conduct was grossly offensive.

Speaking today, Schulze said he had the support of the families of the other officers who died that day.

He said they have been positive about his effort to create this legacy for his wife.

"She was a pretty private person," Schulze said.

"She didn't like the limelight but I think she'd be pleased that I've done something for her."

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