Libs flag hard line on doing time
TOUGHENING sentencing options for serious sexual, violent and drug crimes will top the State Government’s Parliamentary agenda this week.
The Government will introduce its Bills to phase out suspended sentences for serious crimes tomorrow.
The Government said it regarded a suspended sentence as a non-sentence and it was time those who committed serious crimes were sent to prison, detained at home or sent to work in the community.
“That is why we took a policy to the election to phase them out and replace them with alternatives such as imprisonment, home detention, and community correction orders,” Leader of Government Business Michael Ferguson said.
“Our position is simple: if you do the crime, you do the time. We will also use this week to debate a motion calling on Labor to support our Bill providing for mandatory jail for paedophiles.
“The blowtorch will be on Labor as to how they vote on these matters, and to justify why they think that serious and violent criminals should be free to roam the streets.”
Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said yesterday her party took offence at the suggestion anyone would want to see paedophiles get away without appropriate justice.
Ms O’Byrne said there was already a crisis in Tasmania’s prison system and mandatory sentencing had never been proven to be a deterrent.
“We will ask the Law Reform Commission to look at what can be done. There is a role for presumptive non-parole sentencing but we have to know if any new sentencing measures will work,” she said.