Queensland Law Society

More mandatory sentencing

Police Minister Jack Dempsey this morning announced the passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 through parliament last night.

The amendments:

  • double the maximum penalty for serious assault on a police officer from seven to 14 years
  • introduce a new offence for the murder of a police officer with a non-parole period of 25 years
  • increases evade police penalties to a mandatory $5,000 and two years loss of licence
  • increase the non-parole period for murder from 15 to 20 years imprisonment (for a single murder) and from 20 to 30 years imprisonment for multiple murders.

Queensland Law Society (QLS) has strongly advocated this year against a string of proposed introductions of mandatory sentencing regimes as being costly, unworkable and, as proven in the past, providing no community benefit.

QLS's submission on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012 can be found on the QLS website.

We will continue to agitate on this issue.