Queensland Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie
Labor Playing Catch Up On Criminal Sentencing
Victor P Taffa
After almost 20 years of responsibility for Queensland’s Criminal Sentencing Laws for serious crimes, this toxic Labor Government are now trying to play catch up, the State Opposition said today.
LNP Shadow Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie said it shouldn’t have taken the establishment of a Sentencing Advisory Council to tell Labor their Sentencing Laws were failing Queenslanders and is out of step with community standards.
“The Opposition has been calling for mandatory minimums and major reforms to the sentencing of serious and violent criminals.” Mr. Bleijie said.
“Labor has been asleep at the sentencing wheel for years, choosing to side with offenders by handing down weak judgements and rulings.”
“The LNP supports the intent of the Advisory Council, but I question whether it will achieve its objective as an independent council, considering the number of government officials on this board who are already tied up in Labor’s Justice System and the Attorney General pushing his way into proceedings today.”
“Let’s be real about what the broader Queensland community expects when it comes to sentencing criminals who commit serious crimes.” Mr. Bleijie said.
“At the end of the day, unless we see real reform to the actual sentencing laws that provide tougher sentences, little will change to Queensland’s Legal System.”
“The LNP is committed to overhauling Queensland’s sentencing laws to bring them more into line with community expectations.” Mr. Bleijie said.