Sentencing Amendment (Mandatory Sentencing for Serious Sexual Offences Against Children) Bill 2017

The Law Society of Tasmania today commended those members of the legislative council who voted to oppose the Sentencing Amendment (Mandatory Sentencing for Serious Sexual Offences Against Children) Bill 2017.

Law Society President Rohan Foon said: ‘Those members acted in accordance with the recommendations of the Sentencing Advisory Council, the government’s own expert panel on sentencing issues.’
‘The SAC report found there is no evidence that mandatory sentences deter crimes of this type.’

‘For the government to say that members of the legislative council have therefore failed to ‘protect our kids from pedophiles’ is wrong in fact and in no way assists in a rational debate on such an important issue.’

Rohan Foon
President
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22 June 2017