Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Major Sporting Events Amendment Bill 2013 makes amendments to the Major Sporting Events Act 2009. In commencing my contribution I would like to say that I am a sports fan. I have said that before when the house has discussed major sporting events.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The bill before us is the Justice Legislation Amendment (Cancellation of Parole and Other Matters) Bill 2013. The bill deals with two entirely separate and important issues. It is difficult to think of issues which are more important than the management and administration of parole, particularly with regard to serious offenders, and what this bill refers to as 'other matters', which is the representation of children in the Children's Court.
Greens Justice spokesperson Sue Pennicuik said today that she is concerned that the government is seriously considering cash bonuses being paid to prison operators for each inmate who remains on the straight and narrow.
“This approach is far from being innovative and appropriate to reduce recividism,” said Ms. Pennicuik. “There is no evidence to justify considering payments being offered for each inmate who is not rearrested in two years after their release.”
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Corrections Amendment Bill 2012 has 50 clauses and makes quite a range of changes to the principal act, the Corrections Act 1986. In his second-reading speech the Minister for Corrections, Mr McIntosh, stated that the bill:
... will amend the Corrections Act 1986 to implement a range of reforms to the delivery of correctional services by strengthening the governance framework underpinning the prison and community corrections systems.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- I gave advance notice to the minister of the questions I have regarding clauses 1 and 4, to which I am not moving amendments. Clause 1 is the purposes of the bill. The Sentencing Advisory Council's Statutory Minimum Sentences for Gross Violence Offences -- Report of October 2011 says, at paragraph 8.95 at the very end of the report:
Given these varied and uncertain influences, and given the significant concerns expressed by stakeholders about the introduction of statutory minimum sentences, the council considers that future monitoring and evaluation are warranted on the operation of the statutory minimum sentences and their effect on sentencing practices for severe injury offences.
Ms PENNICUIK (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Courts Legislation Amendment (Reserve Judicial Officers) Bill 2012 will amend the Constitution Act 1975, the Supreme Court Act 1986, the County Court Act 1958 and the Magistrates' Court Act 1989 to replace the existing acting judicial officers scheme with a new reserve judicial officers scheme. The amendments abolish the office of acting judge and establish an office of reserve judge in the Magistrates Court, the Supreme Court and the County Court. It replaces the offices of acting judge and acting magistrate with the new offices of reserve judge and reserve magistrate.
“The latest release of crime statistics by Victoria Police highlights the need for an independent agency to manage, collate and publish such information,” said Greens Justice spokesperson Sue Pennicuik today.
“On releasing the figures, Acting Chief Commissioner Lucinda Nolan said family violence reporting had driven up the overall crime rate for the past 18 months and that the increase in the crime rate was also due to more detected drug offences and other offences,” said Ms. Pennicuik. “But we don’t have an independent assessment of the statistics and what is driving the crime rate up.”
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (for the Minister for Corrections): In relation to young people under the age of 18 years in adult prisons:
(1) What is the number of young people under 18 years of age who are currently held in an adult prison, including the number in solitary confinement.
MS PENNICUIK — To ask the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services): In light of media reports in January 2013:
(1) How many and what type of firearms have been imported into Victoria annually in 2010, 2011 and 2012.