Move to give proceeds of crime to community groups approved
Senators passed into law the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act 2013, clearing the way for money confiscated from criminals to go to community based organisations. But not before the Opposition Progressive Labour Party members attempted to amend the legislation.
Led by Senator Diallo Robain, the PLP called for the bill to specify that recipients must be in areas affected by gun violence or other serious crime. The proposed amendment was also put forward by PLP MP Kim Wilson in the Lower House.
The move was defeated in the Senate yesterday by a vote of eight to three.
The bill, piloted by Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley, will expand the use of money in the Confiscated Assets Fund to allow payments to “further the programmes of a community-based organisations or sports clubs”.
The programmes must be related to youth development, sport, area improvement, community improvement or infrastructure improvement.