A key Conservative Party policy is maintaining a prosperous and civil society. But in an unusual move, a Victorian coroner has recommended the offence of public drunkenness be abolished.
The ABC reports, the coronial case related to 55 year old woman Tanya Day, who was arrested on a train from Bendigo to Melbourne last December because she appeared to be drunk and could not produce a ticket.
She was taken to the Castlemaine police station to sober up but suffered five falls while in police custody, including a serious fall where she hit her head which led to a traumatic brain injury and her subsequent death.
Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News, removing the offence from the statute books would be crazy.
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