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19 August 2001

NT Vote Torpedoes Mandatory Sentencing

Sunday, 19 August 2001

Greens Senator Bob Brown has congratulated the people of the Northern Territory on their rejection of the CLP and its policies and urged the quick repeal of mandatory sentencing and the recently enacted ‘anti-social conduct’ law.

“The NT vote is a rejection of the mandatory sentencing philosophy of the CLP and Denis Burke,” Senator Brown said today.

“It is also an extraordinary rebuke for John Howard’s inaction. While all other parties in the Federal parliament, and even some Liberal MPs, urged an override of the NT laws, Howard would not move.

Last year Senator Brown’s bill (cosponsored by the ALP and Democrats) to ban mandatory sentencing for children became the first private members to pass the Senate in six years but was blocked by the PM in the House of Representatives.

“In the run to the national election Federal Labor should to commit to overriding any state or territory mandatory sentencing law that relates to property crime so the proper judicial process and diversionary programs can function,” Senator Brown said.

The Senate committee investigating Senator Brown’s new private members bill to ban all mandatory sentencing (adults and children) for property crime, is to hold a public hearing in Darwin on October 1.

Further information: Ben Oquist 0419 704095

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Author: Ben Oquist