Tim Blair


New Criterion



Saturday, October 26, 2002

In Victoria, there's been a whopping 227 per cent jump in complaints of stalking.

But the statistics, released today by the State Attorney-General Rob Hulls, may not reflect an increase in the number of fearful women being subjected to unwanted male pursuit.

Instead, many of the complaints are actually from people upset by much more mundane matters, such as neighbourhood or office disputes

Why would people want to do that?

Under Victorian law, the only way to obtain an intervention order against someone you're feuding with is through the stalking provisions of the Crimes Act.

It's an anomaly that's clogging up the courts and it's forced the Bracks Government to considering amending the law.

What they mean is, it's the only way to obtain an intervention order and get the rest of us to pay for it.

With 'racial vilification' the process is just starting.