The Greens will move to decriminalise begging in Tasmania when Parliament resumes next week.
This would be the second time the party has sought to remove the offence from the state’s lawbooks after a 2016 amendment bill failed to win support.
A man appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with five counts of begging and charges which included threatening and assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
A person could be charged up to $700 or face a maximum of six months’ jail if convicted of the crime of begging.
Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said the criminal offence punished those who were stuck in poverty.
“Making criminals of the desperately poor has a disproportionate effect on the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society,” she said.
“The responsible approach is to address poverty by helping those who are disadvantaged, not imposing an unpayable fine or threatening imprisonment.”
The bill will be debated late Wednesday afternoon.