Two Strikes & You’re In

Rae Wilson | 12th July 2012 5:00 AM

THE State Government has pushed through controversial mandatory sentencing laws for repeat child sex offenders despite warnings it could risk child murders.

THE State Government has pushed through controversial mandatory sentencing laws for repeat child sex offenders despite warnings the new laws could risk child murders.

The government also was warned there would likely be long delays in court processes if people had little incentive to plead guilty, with a consequential impact on child victims and their families.

Explanatory notes issued with the Criminal Law (Two Strike Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2012 – which was rushed through parliament on Tuesday night – acknowledge opposition to the law change. Continue reading Two Strikes & You’re In

Drug Trafficker Gets 14 Years’ Jail

by: Cameron Browne | From: The Courier-Mail | May 30, 2012

PREMIER Campbell Newman should confirm the Government’s axing of its Sentencing Advisory Council means that mandatory sentencing – proposed by the former government – has finally been abandoned.

There is disquiet about mandatory sentencing. The previous government set up the sentencing council to find a way to introduce it. The council instead came out against a policy which took the decision-making process from the courts.

The questions now are what, if anything, will replace the Sentencing Advisory Council and what are the new Government’s intentions? Continue reading Drug Trafficker Gets 14 Years’ Jail