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STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY-GENERAL, THE HONOURABLE T.E.F. HUGHES. Q.C,, Μ ~

The Commonwealth Attorney-General, Mr, T.E.F. Hughes, Q.C., said today that two draft Ordinances were being

distributed in the Australian Capital Territory relating to the release of offenders under supervision.

He said that a Crimes Ordinance had been prepared

which would introduce new provisions with respect to the release of offenders under probationary supervision,

In addition, a Parole of Offenders Ordinance had been prepared which would empower a Court to fix a minimum term of

imprisonment for offenders against laws of the Territory and enable a prisoner to be released under parole supervision after serving the minimum term of imprisonment. .

Mr. Hughes said that the proposed Grimes Ordinance set out a.number of alternative courses that could be followed

by a Court when dealing with an offender. These included :-

. a power to release an offender on such conditions.

as the Court thinks fit including that of .

probationary supervision; , a power to order, as a condition of the release of

an offender, that the offender pay a fine in a lump sum or by instalments.

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Mr. Hughes envisaged that the provisions of the

Ordinance requiring the. offender to submit to probationary

supervision would provide a basis for the development of an

adult probation service in the Territory. He said that the use of the provision requiring the offender to pay a fine in a lump

sum or by instalments, combined with probationary supervision,

would provide, as an intermediate step between probation and

imprisonment, a useful alternative to be used by a Court in appropriate circumstances.

The proposed Parole of Offenders Ordinance would

empower a Court, in a case where an offender against a law of the Territory was,sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not

less than twelve months, to fix a minimum term of imprisonment

which must be served by a prisoner before he was eligible to

be released under parole supervision. The Ordinance also provided a system for the release on parole of such prisoners.

Mr, Hughes said that the minimum sentence system had

much to commend it. It enabled the Court to make a judgment as to the period that, in the public interest, a prisoner should be required to serve before becoming eligible for release

under supervision. It also provided an incentive to the prisoner to make a positive effort to rehabilitate himself and

become a useful member of society. In addition, supervision of the prisoner after his release was designed to assist in the offender's social rehabilitation and provide at the same time a proper measure of protection to the community.

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Canberra,

January 20, 1971.

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