Up to 100 people can attend commemorations on Remembrance Day in a one-off exemption from COVID-19 restrictions

Numbers upped for Remembrance Day

Groups of up to 100 people can gather for Remembrance Day services across NSW with the approval of a one-off exemption from COVID-19 restrictions.

Remembrance Day is a major event for veterans and the broader community to pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Australians have paused to reflect and pay tribute on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month since 1918, so this is welcome news.

While some of our larger commemorations won't look the same, this exemption means smaller services can take place in all communities across NSW.

The one-off exemption allows up to 100 people to gather at community war memorials provided they adhere to social distancing measures and have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.

The exemption is in place for Remembrance Day Services held before November 12.

More court protection for revenge porn victims

Victims of intimate image abuse will have the same court protections as other sexual assault complainants while judicial officers will have greater powers to order images and recordings be destroyed, under legislation introduced in NSW Parliament last week.

The proposed Criminal Procedure Act 1986 reforms acknowledge the seriousness of these types of offences and how distressing they for victims.

The proposed reforms mean victims can give evidence remotely and in a closed court, access a support person, have their identity protected from publication, and avoid cross-examination by an unrepresented accused personally.

The proposed reforms also allow the court to order an offender to remove, retract, delete or destroy an intimate image when found guilty of threatening to distribute it without consent.

Eleven per cent of Australian adults have experienced image-based abuse. According to the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, there were 296 charges for intimate image offences between July 2018 and June 2019, while 420 charges have been laid between July 2019 and June this year.

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