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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3132

Question No. 728

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 9 November 1983:

Has consideration been given to provisions adopted by the Victorian Government relating to the Penalty Unit System recently introduced with the enactment of the Victorian Penalties and Sentences Act 1981 (Part 1); if so, does the Minister intend to take action to amend Commonwealth law to give effect to this system.

Mr Lionel Bowen —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Consideration has been given to the Penalty Unit System introduced in Victoria and also to an alternative penalty structure whereby offences are categorized, a penalty being provided for each category of offences.

No decision has been reached to take action to amend Commonwealth law in this regard but this question will be addressed as part of the review of the Crimes Act 1914 which it hoped to commence during 1984.